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Nursing Newborn

When will my milk "come in"?

I often get the question, “Will my breastmilk come in right away after birth”? I wish this was a simple black and white answer, but the truth of the matter is, it’s variable. 

Here is a little background - with the removal of the placenta, progesterone levels drop, allowing prolactin (our major milk making hormone) to start working. Milk production starts to ramp up within 30-40 hours, and an increase in milk volume is often noticed between the 2nd and 4th day. This is often referred to as your milk “coming in”. I prefer to refer to is as, your milk transitioning in, because really your milk has been in, it is just coming to volume! 

 

There are many factors that could affect the rate at which your milk comes to volume, including labor medications, if mom has any health conditions, maternal age, cesarean birth, and others. I bring this topic up because it is very likely you WILL be able to breastfeed and your milk will transition in, even if it takes a bit longer. The early days are tiring for any new mom, and breastfeeding can add a layer of uncertainty - this is the time when many moms question if they are meeting their baby’s needs. Breastfeeding education prior to delivery is so important to be informed on what to expect. I advise all my new moms to seek out lactation support while in the hospital, and feel comfortable before going home. 

Booking a prenatal breastfeeding session with me covers this topic plus much more. Feel comfortable with what to expect, book a free call with me today!

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