First Time Moms: Bringing in Your Breast Milk on Time

Bringing in Your Breast Milk on Time

  • These recommendations apply to the first 2 weeks of life.
  • When the baby is born, Mom's produce early breast milk, called colostrum.
    • Perfect nutrition for a newborn.
    • Clear fluid, which can be surprising to new Moms.
    • Smaller amounts. Perfect for those tiny tummies!
  • For first time Moms, the later "mature" breast milk will come in on days 3-5 of the baby's life.
    • Usually sooner for Moms who have breastfed before.
    • The mature milk is white colored, and there's a lot more of it.
  • Adequate stimulation of both breasts is the key to bringing in the mature milk on time.
    • Feed baby at least every 3 hours, or more often if she wants to.
      • Wake your baby at 3 hours if she is still sleeping
    • Feed on both breasts every time.
    • At least 10 minutes on each side.
    • No more than 30 minutes on either side.
      • After 30 minutes, the baby will have emptied that breast.
      • If baby keeps feeding he will slip to the end of your nipple, causing pain, cracking, bleeding, etc.
      • He may also lose extra weight trying to get food from an empty breast. Eating takes energy!
    • If baby does not have a deep latch at your breast, the stimulation may not be enough.
      • If you think this is the case, speak to a lactation consultant.
      • Until the latch is better, pumping for 5 minutes after the feed is a good idea.
  • Somebody (baby!) or something (breast pump!) should stimulate both breasts for at least 10 minutes with every feed.