Moms who breast-fed: question…

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

This is NO indication that you will struggle.

In my first pregnancy, my 32B boobs didn’t grow a bit. I had no colostrum, leaking, no sign of anything.

24 hours after giving birth, I had enough milk to feed the whole maternity ward.

 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by  urchin.
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Breast size has no bearing on milk production.  I didn’t leak at all prior to giving birth either, but I could manually express a drop or so about a week before I went into labor.

The biggest factor in succeeding at breastfeeding is support.  Make sure you have the support of your partner and/or family.  Remember there are resources available too if you face any issues (La Leche League, lactation consultants at the hospital, breastfeeding support groups, etc)

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I wouldn’t worry. I had noticed no difference in my boobs at 30 weeks either- no colostrum or leaking. My baby was born at 34 weeks and it took a few days of pumping before I was able to breastfeed him at 5 days old. He’s now 16 weeks and we’re still going strong.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I breastfed 2 kids over a year each and I never produced noticeable colostrum during my pregnancy.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

the_newlymintedmrs-s17:  Breast size and collustrum being in during pregnancy are no indication of your success in BFing. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and if you can see the LC while in the hospital i highly recommend doing it. For me and DD it’s been a long journey to being able to EBF but I’ve gone from exclusively pumping to EBF and it’s so rewarding! For the record, I was super leaking collustrum during the 3rd trimester and it took 4 1/2 days for my milk to come in (and i grew 2 cup sizes) – size and leaking def not an indication of success. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I had 0 colostrum, and had a super duper easy time breastfeeding, including immediately after a c-section! Everyone is different in that respect. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

the_newlymintedmrs-s17:  Thank you for this post. I’m 33.5 weeks and they are just normal and dry. Though they did grow a LOT in the first trimester. But no leaking or swollen feeling. Not even sore. I was getting concerned. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

the_newlymintedmrs-s17:  Plan to meet with a lactation consultant (unless your midwife covers that type of support) and get in contact woit your local La Leche League for additional support from moms who have already been there and can provde great support and advice.  If you can do it and stick with it awesome.

But also don’t be too hard on yourself if it doesn’t work out.  My mom did great with my little sister for the first 3 months but when she went back to work my sister refused to BF any more regardless of the tricks and tips my mom tried to follow.  She was devastated to say the least.  She continued pumping for a few more months but my sister refused to drink from anything other than a bottle once my mom returned to work.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t think it is any indication.   I did leak some colostrum (just some drops) starting around 28-30 weeks but my boobs never got bigger during my pregnancy, they stayed pretty much the same size and I stayed in my regular bras throughout.  Only after my milk came in did they get bigger (one cup size).  I have had a really easy time breastfeeding so far (baby is almost 1 month).

Post # 12
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Busy bee

I never leaked a drop before birth, I had such extreme over supply I could have fed triplets. Don’t sweat it, it will come in

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Church and University

Yeah, don’t worry about it.  What is important is to get MENTALLY ready because nursing is really challenging.  I couldn’t hack it with my firstborn for more than two weeks, but my second didi great for 10 months.  Knowing that you are the ONNNLLLYYY source of nourishment was a bit exhausting, but if you go into it knowing that, it makes the transition a little easier. Good luck!!!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My cup size didn’t increase, just the band as my ribs expanded. I never leaked.  I had TONNES of colostrum and so much milk now I think I might donate some. The biggest challenge has been positioning so that she can get a good latch.  Oh and my wrists kill. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I never leaked collostrom, but discovered in the 2nd trimester that I could, at times…express a tiny amount of it.  My breasts didn’t seem bigger while I was pregnant, but they most have been because I noticed a few, barley there stretchy marks  during pregnancy. 

I don’t think you have any reason to worry. 

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