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I was unsuccessful at bf my DS as my milk didn't come in. I didn't even get any colostrum :crying:. I am sooooooo desperate to bf this baby (as I was with DS) and am petrified that I won't get any milk again. I'm doing everything I can to help the situation - no drugs this time, avoiding induction, eating healthy during pregnancy, etc - but what if I'm just not built to bf my babies :gloomy:.
I'm interested to hear whether successful bfeeders leaked much during pregnancy. I'm only 18 weeks but in the shower I squeeze and squeeze my boobs until they're sore looking for any little sign of colostrum, but nothing. I know I'm being over-the-top about it, but I'll be so devestated if my milk doesn't come in again.
My Aunty, who successfully bfed her son 20 years ago said that while she was pregnant she would leak so much that she would literally shoot streams of it across the shower.
So for all of you successful bfeeders - who leaked and who didn't. How much did you leak and at what stage of pregnancy did you start leaking.
Also - any other suggestions that you have for me to help my milk come in (I'm also aware of the drugs available after birth - I used the with DS too, but to no avail).
I did not leak at all with DD1, always had a heap of milk.
One side leaked with DD2, also had a heap of milk.
I would try not to worry. Also I remembered that nipple stimulation can bring on premature labour, but I'm not sure when this becomes a risk to your pg.
First off don't beat yourself up about it, not everyone who leaks can breastfeed and those who never leak feed very well.
I did leak from week 16 but only a teeny amount but now whoa hand the towels out :laughing:
like X says go easy on the nipple stimulation that won't make it happen but could cause early contractions so the best thing you can do is relax :D
I leaked very small amounts towards the end of my pregnancy and breastfed successfully for 9 1/2 months.
I could squeeze out a teeny bit of colostrum at about 20 weeks I think, and then it disappeared and didn't come back till after bubby was born. It didn't leak of its own accord and it was only on one side and never the other.
He is nine days old today and my shirt is saturated, my sheets are saturated and you can safely say that the milk is flowing :D
Sh*t...just thinking about it has made it start dripping. I am starting to wonder if this is normal and if it is going to settle down coz I can't leave the house like this!!
Soooo...if you're anything like me, then YES :yes: you will be able to breastfeed. Just stick at it and at the hospital if they suggest formula to supplement your milk on your baby's first day of life, tell them to go and get well and truly stuffed.
Trust your body. the more bubby sucks, the more milk mummy makes. Demand determines supply.
I didn't leak a drop with DD and I had more milk than she knew what to do with.
This pregnancy I didn't leak until the weekend just gone and then only a few drops (nearly 29 weeks).
Leaking or not really isn't an indication of how much milk you'll have later I don't think.
I didnt leak at all when preggers and as you know I'm still going strong on the breastfeeding front.
It sounds like you are doing everything you can. Lets just hope it was those nasty inducing drugs that stuffed it up for you last time:fingerscrossed:
i was nervous too about the colostrum, i bought a pump and tried it to see if i could get any first time nothing, second after 5 mins i got some just a drop, now if i squeeze them i get a small drop out
No leakage appart from about 3 drops in the last month of pregnancy. Been bf now for almost 15 months :thumbsup: Only had to use breast pads for the first 3 months too :smiliedance:
I dont remember with DS I know i leaked a little but not much
With DD1 i leaked a fair bit at the end
with DD2 I was leaking ridiculous amounts at 14 weeks preg but I concieved when DD was 12 weeks old and I was still feeding her at the time, stopped feeding her a cpl of weeks later so my milk production probably just picked up from her
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