How long after birth does milk generally come in (second pregnancy ment.)

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  1. Hi ladies,

    With my twins, it took what seemed to be about a week for my milk to come in and this was with a hospital grade pump as the twins would not latch.

    Assuming I have a healthy (will be full term) baby, that will latch, how soon can I expect my milk to come in? Do I need to bring a nursing bra (or more importantly nursing pads) even to the hospital?

    Thanks!

    Brittany

  2. When my baby (who I had when my twins were 28 months old) was born, my milk came in right away (or so it seemed). I was breastfeeding shortly after delivery (c-section). I did bring a nursing bra (and nursing tanks) and my hospital provided nursing pads. I'd pack both just to be on the safe side.

    I wish you all the best!

  3. Oh wow, that DID come in fast! Probably TMI, but I have already noticed colostrum which I don't remember getting before I had the twins. Ok, I do have those things packed, just wanted to make sure it wasn't overkill.

  4. It took my twins a bit to latch and it seemed like it took a few days for my milk to come in. With my second baby, she latched hours after delivery and full speed ahead. I think my milk came in the next day or so. Much quick and better experience with her vs. the twins. We are still going at it at 19 months.

    Best wishes!!
    nickx
    Twins girls 3 years old
    Little girl 19 months

  5. I think with my first, my milk cam ein on day 3 and with my twins maybe day 4 or so. With my 4th child, byt day 2 it was in. But even before the milk comes in, they just need the colostrum, no formula or bottles needed. A healthy full term baby should be able to latch with the help of a good lactation consultant (or a good nurse) if it is not working for you on your own.

  6. I had a c-section on Sunday night with my twins and by thursday afternoon my boobs were huge, and hurting me, so I guess my milk came in four days later. I think that having a nursing bra will be very helpful. I am not sure about the nursing pads, though, I guess it doesn't hurt to have them.

  7. Thanks ladies, this will probably happen a lot sooner than it did with the twins. It seemed to take for-ever with the twins, so I look forward to having a more normal experience this time!

  8. Hi, Britt- still around, i see

    i remember with J that he was born on a sat afternoon and nursed in the delivery room- and was puking colostrum sunday afternoon- milk came in on tues. i was naive with him and did not think to wake him to nurse for all of sunday (had a ton of visitors)- and milk took longer to come in.

    with my last two, each nursed for about an hour in the delivery room- both were puking colostrum next day and milk was in - got engorged with B- after another day or day and a half. i was very careful to nurse at least every 2 hours- and more often if they were awake and receptive- for at least the first week. dont listen to the hospital people with their 3/4 hour nonsense. and of course the baby will get your supply going more quickly than a pump would.

    i have read that milk comes in slower w/c sec babies; don't know for sure if that is true...

    pilma

  9. Hi pilma,

    Thanks! We actually don't plan on having a lot of visitors and like you, I plan on breastfeeding really often those first few weeks to get my supply up. I'm just going to kick people out of the room, and if it takes 45 minutes...well they can wait

    Britt

  10. I had a c-section both times. Was induced with DS at 35 wks and water broke at 35 wks with DD.

    With DS I started pumping as soon as I could see straight (maybe by the end of the day?) and it took about 5 days for the milk to come in. He had latching problems so I pumped, gave him a bottle for around 6 wks before I got him latched on w/nipple shield. I had to pump for a while to keep the supply up and since he was such a lazy nurser continued to have supply issues but managed to bf for a year.

    With DD, my milk came in like gangbusters before I left the hospital (much faster, better supply). I started pumping right away (once the drugs wore off) and continued to pump for 5 min every few hours (I think I did 3) until she was able to nurse herself. I used a nipple shield with her (she was too small) for around 7-8 wks until she could latch herself. I also pumped after each feeding but ended up with too much milk so eventually stopped pumping after a month or so. I nursed her for a good 15 months before she weaned herself.

    I don't know if it's the same for everyone but I found my supply was better and the whole process was easier the second time around. If you had twins, a singleton should be a piece of cake!

    Good luck to you!

    Pam

  11. Hi Britt, my milk came in a day earlier with my one baby than it did with the twins (2nd or 3rd day instead of 3rd or 4th day). The nurse commented on it and said something to the effect of, your body knows how to respond now so it happens faster the second time around. Don't know how common or true that is, but hopefully it will work that way for you as well.

    Karin

  12. Hi Britt, my milk came in a day earlier with my one baby than it did with the twins (2nd or 3rd day instead of 3rd or 4th day). The nurse commented on it and said something to the effect of, your body knows how to respond now so it happens faster the second time around. Don't know how common or true that is, but hopefully it will work that way for you as well.Karin

    Yep- That's what happened to me. I remember a nurse saying that as well. I think second time it came in around day 2 and I was surprised.

  13. Not to be crude, but sort of looking forward to finally having some "girls" again LOL! I am still amazed at how small mine are at 9 months pregnant!

    Thanks ladies, all very helpful...

  14. Well then Britt, you will just have to nurse for as long as possible!

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