How long before your milk came in and was it painful right before to nurse?

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Stephanie - posted on 07/06/2009

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My milk was in by day 3, very quickly, which made it quite painful! The more often you nurse, the less engorged you get, which makes it a little less painful. Good luck nursing! And remember, if it doesn't work out and you need to pump or use formula, that is just fine as well!

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LaDonna - posted on 07/08/2009

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It took my milk about 4 days to come in. Nursing is a chore for the first 2 weeks, then it is suddenly doesn't hurt at all. I don't know what happens at that 2 week mark but it is trully a miracle.

Stephanie - posted on 07/08/2009

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With my first two children, I don't remember it taking very long for my milk to come in. Now, with my 7 month old, I felt my milk never really came in for him. He was constantly eating. I had no rest at all. I wasn't that sore with him either, but at times it is painful. After my grandfather died on Feb 1st, my milk dried up completely, so I was forced to put my little one on formula. Once I did that, he slept through the night, wasn't as fussy, etc. I just had to learn to deal with the little spit-ups which I didn't like. He is still on formula now, but he eats a lot of solid foods. He is my little chunky monkey. I used to get really depressed about not being able to produce enough milk for my little one, but when I saw how much happier he was and how happy he made me, I decided it was a sacrifice that was well worth it. I still don't like formula, but it makes him happy and that is all that matters.

Minnie - posted on 07/08/2009

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First birth- milk came in exactly 72 hours later, had some soreness for about a week on my right nipple because of a bad initial latch. Then it was great. Second birth- milk came in 24 hours later, some soreness for three days on the same side ( I think I hold my newborns funny on the right side causing the initial soreness) and everything's been perfect since.





I haven't experienced painful engorgement with either.

Concerning let down of your milk when baby suckles, it can be a bit achey for a few seconds, and in the beginning for me the ache sort of shoots to my back. It's pretty tingly and kind of feels like the milk is being pushed downward in your breasts.

Lucy - posted on 07/08/2009

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My milk came in on day 3, i woke up and looked like a glamour model! I didn't experience pain as such it was just uncomfortable when i was engorged but this only lasts for a few days. I did find for a couple of weeks I was in pain when my daughter latched on....lansinoh lanolin nipple cream is your friend here! The pain is nthing though compared to the wondefull feeling i have when feeding my daughter now. The pain and discomfort passes so stick with it!

Michelle - posted on 07/07/2009

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My milk came in on day 4....The pain with latching on only lasts about 10 days, then breastfeeding is actually comfortable!

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w/ my first it was probably day 3-4, then I got seriously engorged cause the lactation chic didn't give me the right size pumps and it was horrid. If you are in horrible pain and your breasts are red and hard, pump or hand express till you get some softness to them. It is normal to have some pain, especially w/ your first. If I'm understanding your Q correctly the pain just before she eats it "let down" the msg your hormones are sending to your boobs "Its time to make more" That is exactly what you want to happen and if you're lucky you will continue to feel that for many more months. My let down feels similar to electric current going through my boobs. HTH

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My milk came in on the fifth day. I also had a lot of pain with the let down reflex (which was far worse when I was engorged), and due to early attachment issues. It will get better, feeding is a lovely time for us both now. Best of luck.

Lydia - posted on 07/06/2009

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My milk came in three days after I had my daughter. It was a tingly almost painful feeling. It really hurt when she hadn't nursed for a while and my breast became engorged. When she first started nursing it hurt, but she is two months old now and I dont feel it at all. I think my nipples just needed to get used to it.

Lynlee - posted on 07/06/2009

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It took about 2.5 days for my milk to come in. Feeding our son was excruciatingly painful for me, I had to curl my toes to tolerate it. He obviously wasn't latching properly. It was also painful having a 'let down' which happens 4-5 times per feed. I got mastitis 10 days after giving birth and that is a whole other pain! It took about 5 weeks before the pain during feeding lessened and finally after about 3.5 months it was pain-free.

Michelle - posted on 07/06/2009

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It does not hurt for your milk to come in it just hurts if you do not express any milk so you get engorged. If it gets painful and your baby can not latch on just pump out a little and it will be easier on all of you! I was in tears when this happened to me because I was already emotional and the baby was fussy because she couldn't latch on. Use your pump... it can be your best friend during this first week.

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My milk came in by the 3rd day with each of my 3 children. The best advice I can give, is to trust your body, it's the perfectly designed process. and I would also recommend that when your milk does come in, if you use boob pads, to change them often, because you don't want your nipple to stay moist. (I made this mistake with my 1st two and had nothing but problems) now I don't even use them, and I have a 5 week old. If your nipples are sore, which mine were, you can squeeze a little milk out, or the colostrum( ? spelling) and rub it around your nipple, it has great healing power.

I hope that helps and good luck, stick with it.

Amanda - posted on 07/06/2009

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My breastmilk took about 5 days from the birth to come in. I didn't really feel alot of pain, beside the latching on part. It was more of an itch I couldn't scratch, and some pain in my nipple, but that was it. I did have a friend though who said she felt a burning sensation throughout her entire breast.

Amanda - posted on 07/06/2009

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My breastmilk took about 5 days from the birth to come in. I didn't really feel alot of pain, beside the latching on part. It was more of an itch I couldn't scratch, and some pain in my nipple, but that was it. I did have a friend though who said she felt a burning sensation throughout her entire breast.

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