I’m not leaking milk – will I be able to breastfeed?

I’m not leaking milk. Will I be able to breastfeed? - Transcript

The first milk that your body produces is called “Colostrum” and it’s a very concentrated, low volume milk and you might be surprised to learn that it’s produced in your body from the 16th week of pregnancy onwards but many women never leak milk during pregnancy and even afterwards when Colostrum is still being produced in the first couple of days after birth and this is not a sign that your baby isn’t getting any milk or that you won’t be able to breastfeed.

So please be assured that not all women leak milk either in pregnancy or even afterwards and the first two days after the birth when colostrum is produced then and beyond when you produce mature milk. Some women will never leak milk throughout the whole breastfeeding journey and as long as there are other signs there, and have a look at the videos relating to that, signs that your body is making milk and your baby is getting milk, then that’s absolutely fine. Everybody’s interplay of hormones is slightly different, so some mothers will actually produce an oversupply of milk and have copious amounts of leaking. Women don’t tend to compare woman to woman how much leakage of milk she is having but it really isn’t a good indication of things going badly or not.

And another point to note is that, if you have been leaking milk at any point of pregnancy or breast feeding and then as the weeks have gone on, you have noticed a change and there isn’t as much leakage or maybe not at all, then that’s also absolutely fine. Probably it’s just that your baby and you are now in sync with each other in regards to supply and demand of milk and everything is settled down.

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V1 published June 2017. Next review date: April 2020

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