I just had a baby, so why isn't my body making milk? What should I do?

if you've never had a baby before you

may not have heard that you don't make

milk in the days following your baby's

delivery what you do make is colostrum

and we literally call it liquid gold

because it's goldish in color there's

not much of it but is packed with a


there's tons of protein and fat and

antibodies or disease fighting

properties in it and it's so good for

your baby it's also like a priming coat

of paint for your baby's gut in

preparation for the breast note to come

it helps to develop good normal flora or

bacteria so that your baby has a healthy

digestive system but a lot of mothers

feel like they're not making anything so

they don't nurse and they just give

their baby a bottle of formula and if

you don't stimulate your body to make

milk by pumping or nursing every two to

three hours then your body never gets

the message to turn on the milk making

factoring so then you struggle with

supply so after delivery the nurses at

the hospital encourage you to breastfeed

your baby if that's your ultimate plan

and goal and you should continue to

nurse or pump every two to three hours

and this pattern is going to continue

for the first four to six weeks of your

baby's life their tummies are small and

they can't hold much volume so they have

to eat small amounts frequently during

each 24-hour period once they're time

you start to get a little bit bigger and

they start to sleep a little bit more

through the night then they may go every

three to four hours and this happens

usually between like six to eight weeks

after birth a mother's milk usually

comes in on days three to six following

her baby's birth and when that happens

you'll notice a few changes like when

you're breastfeeding your baby has been

having to suck eight to 12 times to just

get one drop of colostrum so you hear

infrequent swallowing but when your milk

comes in and it lets down you hear your

baby suck swallow suck swallow suck

swallow and that's much different than

it's been in the past you may also all

of a sudden fill and gorged and that can

cause some pain and discomfort so if you

feel like your baby's not emptying you

all the way then have it pump available

to pump the rest of it off so you don't

have issues with clogged ducts and

mastitis you'll also notice a change in

your baby's stool it goes from being

like tari and sticky and army green in

color to more of a yellowish color and

it has little seeds in it a lot of

people refer to them as like

mustard seeds and so these are all signs

that your milk has come in and again

like I said before continue to nurse

your baby every two to three hours

another thing to keep in mind is that

your baby will go home from the hospital

weighing less than they did at delivery

because they're not getting much to eat

at that point but the pediatrician will

track your baby's weight loss and make

sure that it's not too much if your milk

doesn't come in for a while or your baby

started really small and is having blood

sugar issues or is losing too much


then the pediatrician may recommend

supplementation with formula until your

milk has come in give your baby formula

we'll make sure that all of your baby's

nutritional needs are met but you also

need to continue to either nurse them or

pump every two to three hours so that

your body gets the message to start

making milk good luck with everything

and if you have more questions about it

talk with your baby's doctor and if you

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