Seriously confused colostrum/ milk Q

Merry - posted on 04/27/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I'm due to have a baby in 4 days, so any time now really. And I'm breastfeeding my 2 year old son Eric.
Eric has regularly breastfed about 8 times a day the whole pregnancy. Around week 20 my milk production slowed down and I noticed there wasn't much milk anymore. Around week 30 I noticed my milk was turning to colostrum, it was sort of a swirl of white and clear liquid. (I don't pump, but I squeeze out a few drops to check:) so by about week 35 it was pure colostrum. It was not white it was all clear. Then last week, 38 weeks, I noticed my boobs were getting more full feeling, they were heavier and bigger and just felt like there was stuff in there again. Eric began swallowing much more when he nursed and he also sucked for longer times each time. Then today I squeezed more out, out of curiosity because it felt fuller. And it was white! Ok so that sort of confuses me, now this afternoon I squeezed out a bit more and it was again half white half clear.
!?!!??!?!?!?!?!?
Ok am I freaking out over nothing?it is pretty weird but I really don't think it's possible for my milk to come in before I deliver........

Any ideas?

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Carly - posted on 04/28/2011

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Good on you Laura, I have to admit I was a little fascinated by the idea of BF 2 at once! Good luck, and I agree with you about little Eric bonding well with the sibling whilst feeding. How wonderful!

Merry - posted on 04/28/2011

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Carly, most women can produce enough milk to feed triplets so my body will have no problem making enough for both kids. Eric can continue to breastfeed as much as he desires after the baby is born, and my body will make whatever is needed to satisfy both kids!

Most toddlers who breastfeed alongside their new baby siblings form a deeper and more attached bond with them because of the sweet times they spend sharing mom and her milk. Jealousy usually comes on when we try to force the older child to grow up before they are ready. That's why I'm letting Eric decide when he is ready to be done, and I'm not going to force him into stopping.

It will be quite the adventure I think, but I'm sure I'll soon adore breastfeeding both!

Minnie - posted on 04/28/2011

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I'm so excited for you Laura! And you too, Sara!

Sounds totally normal to me, Laura. It'll probably change to true colostrum once the placenta is out.

But you might not have it for long before your mature milk comes in! Our bodies are so efficient the second time around- I had colostrum for 23 hours when I had Adelaide and then my mature milk came in. She porked up right away and the jaundice she had on day four lasted only a few hours.

Carly - posted on 04/28/2011

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What is going to happen with Eric once the baby is born? Surely the newborn will need the milk, not Eric? I would be worried about jealousy and resentment once bubs takes over the boobs?

Merry - posted on 04/27/2011

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Sort of like learning to breastfeed in the beginning, yes it's natural, but that doesn't mean it's easy, comfortable, or simple!

Merry - posted on 04/27/2011

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It sure does bring up alot of questions! Especially because last year this time I was just learning it was even safe! Haha, I wish it was more common because there's never enough info about things that come up. I've been through so much this pregnancy bfing Eric, first the milk went down, then the pain started, then the pain ended, then the aversion feeling began, then that was replaced by more pain, then more aversion. And now I just can't seem to fit him on my lap and every time he bf I get tons and tons of contractions! So much fun,yet so much stress. There's a good reason the book is called 'adventurss' in tandem breast-feeding. They say adventure because it's a nice way to say challenging!
Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't do it different if I could, I don't regret it one bit, but dang it's hard!

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Oh, exciting!! I'm not as far along as you. I have the swirl of white and clear/yellowish right now. I have talked to moms in LLL who've nursed through and one said that her milk did not change at all until after she gave birth. Then it was like an instant switch to colostrum. Everything I've read said that your body will switch to colostrum for the new baby. This thought has crossed my mind several times, but I'm trying to trust my body. Nursing through a pregnancy brings up so many questions! (at least for me).

Good luck!!!

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