Colostrum—the first breast milk, low in volume but rich in immune factors—begins to be made in the breasts a long time before your baby is born. After the birth, a sequence of events initiates milk production whether or not you plan to breastfeed your baby. There will almost certainly be some milk. However, how much milk depends on getting breastfeeding established early and often and, for a minority of women, whether you have any other potential Reasons for Low Milk Supply. This article discusses the causes for milk coming in late after delivery. Need to look something up?
Often, discharge from a nipple is nothing to worry about. If you are still concerned, you are not nursing a baby and have nipple discharge, you should contact your doctor so that tests may be run. Galactorrhea is a condition where a non-pregnant, non-breastfeeding woman leaks from one or both breasts. This is actually discharge that can be green or yellow in color. It happens to women who have been pregnant in the past, although can happen to anyone. It is sometimes milk production caused by squeezing the nipples, sexual arousal or clothing rubbing.
In preterm children who do not have the ability to suck during their early days of life, avoiding bottles and tubes, and use of cups to feed expressed milk and other supplements is reported to result in better breastfeeding extent and duration subsequently. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, with solids gradually being introduced around this age when signs of readiness are shown. Supplemented breastfeeding is recommended until at least age two and then for as long as the mother and child wish.
For a mother to produce the milk that her baby needs, her baby must suckle often and suckle in the right way. A baby cannot get the milk by sucking only on the nipple. This is called suckling.