Breastfeeding: Milk Production
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:
Should I Breastfeed?
We are strong advocates of breastfeeding and will help you succeed at it.
Studies have confirmed that Babies who are breast-fed have fewer infections (SOURCE) and allergies during the first year of life than babies who are fed formula. Anecdotal evidence as experienced pediatric physicians confirms this first-hand over the past few decades and thousands of patients.
Note: Babies who are exclusively breastfed should take 1mL or 400IU of Vitamin D drops.
Many mothers find breast-feeding one of the most rewarding aspects of baby care.
The staff of Panda Pediatrics, located in Washington, D.C.