How soon does breast milk come in?

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Registered: 04-27-2008
How soon does breast milk come in?
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Tue, 08-26-2008 - 9:09pm
Hello, I know this may sound strange to ask, but does anyone know how soon the breasts start filling up with milk? The reason I am asking is because my water broke with my first daughter and she was 6 1/2 weeks early and I ended up having an emergency C-section with her. The next morning my breasts were leaking really bad. Then I had my son 2 1/2 years ago and he was a scheduled C-section and I had no leaking or anything with him. I
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Registered: 02-08-2008
Wed, 08-27-2008 - 8:48am
I breastfeed my second after having a c/s and it took 3-4 days for my milk to come in. I had no problems nursing him. He lost around 3/4lb before we left the hospital but he gained that back by the time we went in for his 1 weeks weight check (he was about 10 days old) Give
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Registered: 12-07-2006
Wed, 08-27-2008 - 10:24am
We breastfed from day one and it took five days for my milk to come in. Now everything is peachy. If I would have known beforehand that it takes longer with a C/S I would have been much more confident (almost gave up) and would have started pumping immediately to help stimulate. Good luck sweetie!



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Registered: 04-27-2008
Wed, 08-27-2008 - 10:49am
Thank you for your help. I feel a lot better now. Hopefully all will go well and thanks again!
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Registered: 07-21-1998
Wed, 08-27-2008 - 10:52am

I had a no-labor c-section at 34 weeks (due to severe pre-E). The best explanation I've gotten is that the milk comes in according to how much suckling the baby tries to do. If the baby is very slow, you can help the process along with a breast pump. (Me, I had to do it entirely by breast pump with that child). You might not want to bottle feed that milk (You could try putting the baby to one breast and pumping the other for each meal) lest the kid get lazy and wait for the easy stuff. It isn't really that c-sections delay the process, but that often the circumstances around the c-section interfere with getting the baby and mother together and trying as much as they should be.


Remember, too, that it's very normal for a baby to lose as much as 10% of their body weight before they get enough by nursing to thrive. Even my 4 lb baby, the doctor was not afraid of just not feeding for a day. If she could take it (and she could) a healthy full-term child will breeze through a short near-fast.

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Registered: 08-13-2006
Wed, 08-27-2008 - 9:58pm
I was told milk coming in is a hormonal thing that is signalled by the releasing of the placenta...so it should come in the same time as if you had delivered vaginally.
 

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