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chandni3 10-10-2012 12:22 PM

Breastfeeding when pregnant question
 
If you're able to keep breastfeeding until the birth, will you still produce colostrum or will it just stay breastmilk?

Tina5834 10-10-2012 02:19 PM

Your milk will change to colostrum a couple months before birth. So your nursing toddler will be getting colostrum.

EmilytheStrange 10-10-2012 02:56 PM

This is very interesting. Who'd a thunk?

seacat 10-10-2012 03:00 PM

Re: Breastfeeding when pregnant question
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TinaDeanette (Post 15794635)
Your milk will change to colostrum a couple months before birth. So your nursing toddler will be getting colostrum.

:yeahthat: I quit producing though which is pretty common around the end of the first trimester.

Sabra 10-10-2012 03:01 PM

Re: Breastfeeding when pregnant question
 
It always tailors itself to the younger baby. So yeah, it changes to colostrum at the end of pregnancy (varies by woman, obviously, but usually by the third trimester). Only thing is, it might give your toddler diarrhea. Didn't happen for three of my kids, but did for the fourth.

kkleinman 10-11-2012 10:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by seacat

:yeahthat: I quit producing though which is pretty common around the end of the first trimester.

Me too! I tried so hard to keep breastfeeding a screaming baby and i finally gave up for everyones sanity. I did not find out until after that my milk was just colostrum. No wonder i got nothing when i was pumping!

canadianbakers 10-11-2012 11:58 AM

Re: Breastfeeding when pregnant question
 
It'll definitely change to colostrum at some point before birth :) It wouldn't hurt the toddler - may cause diarrhea, like a pp mentioned, he may not like the taste and may stop wanting to nurse because of the change, or he may take to it and just nurse like normal (if he does, he may gain weight quicker, cuz of the quality of the colostrum!) :)

Many women, though certainly not all, will experience a dip in milk supply before the milk changes to colostrum - totally normal, though, again, the toddler may not be happy with the lack of supply and may stop nursing because of it. Some quit, some keep suckling through it.


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