When will Breast Milk Come?
Women have been breastfeeding their children since ages And the World Health Organization has been in the forefront in encouraging mothers to breastfeed their babies exclusively up to 6 months Many advocacy programs remind society of the importance of this practice and its many benefits to your child There is no doubt that breast milk remains the best source of nutrients for a baby to achieve his optimal growth, development and health That is why more and more pregnant women must prepare themselves and look forward to this natural event once they give birth
But with the excitement of breastfeeding comes many questions including how is breast milk made and when will it come in? Perhaps the best way to address the common inquiries about it is to understand how the body produces milk in the first place Pregnancy hormones trigger the growth of milk ducts of the breasts both in quantity and in size That is the reason why pregnant women will notice their breasts become firm and full as early as the first trimester
The ducts then branch off to ductules, which ends in clusters of sacs called alveoli The alveoli clusters are called lobules and a group of lobules are termed lobe Each of your breast has 15-20 lobes So imagine a network of straws in your breast merging to the tip of your nipple When you give birth, the hormone prolactin level rises and compels the alveoli to get the proteins, sugars and fat from your blood and turn them into breast milk and send them down to the milk ducts Prolactin is also named as the mothering hormone as studies show this hormone makes you feel motherlyTherefore, your breast milk comes within 48 to 96 hours after delivery, as it takes a while for the network in your breasts to go about the milk production
It has been noted that breast milk is delayed in caesarian birth and may take five days for the milk to come in If your breast milk doesn’t come in after four days and you gave birth normally, let your doctor know It might be possible that something is interfering with the hormone prolactin And usually the culprit are placenta leftovers inside you, which also causes heavy bleeding Your doctor may prescribe a scan and if you do have fragments then these must be removed
It is highly recommendable to start breast feeding early and frequently to guarantee a good supply of milk as doing so encourages the hormone prolactin to keep at its work of milk production That is why mothers are encouraged to breast feed as soon as possible, may it be at the recovery room to set the body immediately to keep on producing milk If ever you are away from your baby and unable to breastfeed, then using an electric breast pump is an alternative to mimic breastfeeding and signal your body that you intend to breastfeed
Keep in mind that the first milk to come out is called colostrum and is creamy and high in protein and most importantly, full of antibodies to boost your baby’s immune system So it is important that your baby gets this
Breastfeeding is a special moment for mother and her newborn child to manifest their special bond together Keeping yourself relaxed and stress-free for this feeding session is essential to keep it a pleasant experience for you and your baby