What exactly is lactation?
Lactation is the process through which milk is produced and released from the mammary glands in your breasts. Lactation finishes when your body no longer has milk. Lactation begins during pregnancy when hormonal changes signal the mammary glands to produce milk in preparation for your baby's birth. Lactation may also be induced without pregnancy by employing the same hormones your body produces during pregnancy.
Breastfeeding (or chestfeeding) or nursing refers to feeding your kid directly from your breasts. You can also give your infant breast milk that you have expressed or pumped from your breasts and preserved in a bottle.
When Does Breast Milk Turn up?
Though it may take some time for your breast milk to "come in" after delivery, it has been in production since early in your pregnancy, so don't worry, mother - it will be here soon enough! Though colostrum production can begin as early as 16 weeks pregnant and should begin immediately after birth (with some women reporting intermittent leaking later in pregnancy), its appearance and content vary dramatically from your later breast milk. This is because colostrum, or "first milk," serves a very different purpose for your baby than later breast milk, even though both are vital to your kid's health and growth.
Though most infants lose weight at this period, moms shouldn't expect to see considerable milk amounts in the first few days following birth. Both of these things are normal and anticipated, and your newborn's colostrum will suffice until your later milk arrives. Keeping this in mind, your final milk, or the breast milk produced when your colostrum changes to mature milk, will "come in" between 2 and 5 days after your baby is born. The word "coming in" alludes to a considerable volume rise and composition changes. However, it is only sometimes accurate. Because colostrum is breast milk, it should be given to your newborn as soon as possible after birth. However, when your mature milk arrives later, it is accompanied by several visible signs.
When Should You Consult a Lactation Consultant?
You can consult Lactation consultants during pregnancy, after birth, and during the baby's nursing phase. The number of times you visit a lactation consultant may vary depending on your unique circumstances. Still, studies suggest that consulting with experts can increase the duration of your nursing.
A Lactation Consultant's Role
According to most studies, a woman must exclusively nurse her infant for the first six months, followed by continuing nursing and the introduction of supplementary meals until the baby is roughly one year old. Lactation consultants can help you choose the best way to breastfeed for both the mother and the baby, increasing your chances of success.