How to tell if it's milk or colostrum

Merry - posted on 12/06/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I'm 19 weeks pregnant and Eric is still bf a lot, he gets a decent amount each time cuz I hear him swallowing, and can express some any time I try, but I'm wondering how will I know when it's colostrum and not milk?
Will it look different? Like white or clear? And will it still be the same amount I've been having with milk?
I think Kelly mom said it usually comes in as colostrum around week 20 so I've been wondering how to tell!
Anyone know? And does it matter? I hope I make as much colostrum as I have been making milk cuz Eric is not ready to ease up a bit! In fact he is asking more and more recently. :)

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Lizelle - posted on 12/09/2010

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Well I didn't express while pregnant so I'm not sure what it would look like, but it should look different than before. It is however much less than normal milk - and I mean much! My son loved the taste of the colostrum and drank much longer once it came in, but swallowed very little.

My colostrum came in really early (around 12 weeks). Initially I didn't realise what was happening. My son (then almost 20 months old) just suddenly wanted to feed more often (he use to only feed once a day) and went from 10-15 minute feeds to 30-40 minute feeds (that I had to end). It's only once he told me that he loved the new mommy milk that I realised what had happened.

But remember colostrum is much more energy dense and he will thus need much less. It's also a laxative so you'll probably see a difference in his bowl movements.

Enjoy this special time. It's precious.

Mary - posted on 12/07/2010

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I did not experience any milk change while pregnant. My daughter was 26 months when I had my 2nd c-section. and then my milk came in about 5 days later. I knew it cause they were ready to burst. We were considered because the baby's weight was not going back up.. but after my milk came in he was fine. They told me to stop nursing my 2 year old.. She had a fit.. so that was not working.. Tandem nursing is been working but I do wish I could ween my 2 year old.. She has the runny pooh and sucks pretty hard compared to the baby and want the boobies more now. The good side she has had a growth spurt.
Good Luck Lady's Con grates!!

Mary - posted on 12/07/2010

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Personally, I had regulat looking milk until I started labor. I went into labor at about 9 am and I nursed my daughter for her nap at 1 pm. Whenever I had nursed her for breakfast that morning she got regular milk & quite a bit of it. But when I nursed her at nap time she didn't swallow as much & tried to nurse harder. Then my water broke at 2 pm. Serenity had nursed from 1 pm to 1:45pm. And I had Caidence at almost 7 pm. :)

Merry - posted on 12/06/2010

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Well Eric has always had a bad latch issue, and ive posted a while ago how i have almost always had pain bf, so i bet im the odd one out with the amount of pain im having! I bet you will have a much easier timne at it if ur girl has a good latch! I swear i will make sure this new baby gets the latch right so i can have some pain free bf times!
congrats! it is going to be a fun summer!

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Minnie - posted on 12/07/2010

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That's what I think too- she doesn't drink much else. Maybe 4 oz of almond milk and 1 oz of water for the day. The rest is me, lol.



I had nipple pain with Evelyn for a couple of weeks. I was surprised when I didn't have any with Adelaide. I hope the same for this one!

Merry - posted on 12/07/2010

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Congrats Lisa! Ya I swear Eric eats more then his weaned friends! But I think he doesn't drink as much, they all are drinking cups of cows milk and juices and water too, he only drinks like two ounces or so at a time during a meal, maybe twice a day! So I figure right now my milk is taking the role of his beverage and that's so awesome cuz it's like the most nutritious drink he could get!
I had nipple pain when pregnant with Eric, so I'm not surprised to have it again, if you haven't with either girls I'd hope you are in the clear this time too!

Minnie - posted on 12/06/2010

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I don't have any nipple pain yet. No nipple pain with my second pregnancy. Let's hope that there isn't any with Adelaide nursing!



I'm due August third so I'm guessing the last week of July. Adelaide has always been a frequent nurser and with all of us having head colds this last week...sheesh. Nursing nearly constantly. And this girl is a bottomless pit as well. I swear she ate the same amount of pasta I did last night.

Emily - posted on 12/06/2010

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Yes, I had quite a bit of nipple pain. They were sore and red in some spots, I assumed because my son was trying to suck more vigorously. Using lanolin ointment helped.

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I'm due in mid-July. I haven't been to the doctor yet. I was supposed to go today, but had to reschedule. My nipples are already hurting. That was my first sign of pregnancy with my first and it's started already. The initial latch on is really painful, but it gets better as she nurses.

Merry - posted on 12/06/2010

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Lisa, Sara, when are you ladies due? so exciting! I hope your milk is as plentiful as mine has been, i swear its barely gone down. but how could it! when i say he asks 8 times a day i guess im not being truthful, i dont count it if he asks so soon that i go back to the same breast. im actually scared to do a real count of how many times he asks in a day. I think ill count tomorrow, im curious :)

but i think its going to be in the 13-17 range :)



Emily, were your nipples hurting? mine are excruciating and have been since week 16 and i mean excruciating!!

I think he bruised my nipples Theres a darker ring around my nipple and areola where his mouth goes......

Emily - posted on 12/06/2010

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20 weeks was about when my milk changed. It went from creamy white milk to the clear stuff. And it did seem like the production went down at that point. At least, it seemed like my son had to work harder to get milk out. He was so much happier when my milk came in after birth. lol Ditto about the poops. Eww his poops were dark, runny, and smelly until my daughter was born.

Minnie - posted on 12/06/2010

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Oooh congrats to you, too, Sara! Ours will be only two weeks apart.



Yes, definitely something in the water.

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Congrats Lisa and Laura! I'm 8 weeks pregnant. There seems to be something in the water...lol. I'm reading "Adventures in Tandem Nursing" and agree with Lisa in that colostrum can cause runnier poos. I also read that you may notice orange/yellow "crust" on your nipples which is dry colostrum.

Minnie - posted on 12/06/2010

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I know someone who nursed her first child through her second pregnancy and she never experienced a drop in milk production.



I suspect you might begin to notice Eric's poo becoming runnier as your milk changes over to colostrum. It will be interesting to see whether or not milk production degreases as it switches to colostrum from mature milk. Interesting to see how it goes for me too!

Amy - posted on 12/06/2010

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I'm not sure what happens when your breastfeeding while pregnant. Some mom's will stop for a month or two before they have the baby and some breastfeed all the way through with no issues, so either way both your kids will get what they need.

Looking at my frozen milk, the colostrum will be more yellow then the white color. The clear stuff is typically more of the foremilk.

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