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Milk Production After Delivery
Mothers produce colostrum for the first few days after delivery (not breastmilk). Colostrum is a yellow fluid that contains all the essential nutrients and antibodies for the baby's first few days of life.
Two to five days after delivery, milk production begins. At this time, the breast fluid will turn whitish and breasts may become heavy and tender, sometimes even lumpy.
In order to produce milk it is necessary to: