By Katie Dupuis May 1, Photo: Younglovemedia via Instagram. There were many surprises in the first few days after I gave birth to my daughter Sophie—like the sheer volume of laundry generated by such a tiny person and the constant ache down in Ladyland —but nothing was more unexpected than the amount of time it took for my milk to come in.
For many women, changes to the breasts are one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. And your breasts will continue to change as your pregnancy progresses. Pregnancy affects levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone in your body.
The best way to establish a normal supply of breast milk is to start early, breastfeed frequently and make sure your baby is latching on correctly. Increasing your supply is all about supply and demand - the more your baby feeds, the more milk you will produce. Some women have low supply, particularly during the early weeks of breastfeeding.
Anita Moorhead does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Late in their pregnancies, some women notice colostrum early milk leaking from their nipples.
It is the first stage of breast milk production. Your body makes colostrum before transitional breast milk the second stage of breast milkand mature breast milk the final stage of breast milk. Those first drops of colostrum are what your baby receives the first time you put your baby to the breast to breastfeed.
Back to Your pregnancy and baby guide. In pregnancy, the breasts may start to produce milk weeks or months before you are due to have your baby. Leaking is normal and nothing to worry about.
Lactation is the process of producing breast milk. For women who are pregnant or recently gave birth, lactation is normal. Hormones signal the mammary glands in your body to start producing milk to feed the baby.
You may start producing breast milk months or weeks before your due delivery date. One of the first signs that your breasts have started producing milk is that they will become fuller and heavier, and they may even hurt sometimes. During the second trimester, your breasts begin to create colostrum. Colostrum is the first food your breasts produce for your baby.