Is it teething time for your little one?
You asked

How does my body get ready for breastfeeding?

Your body is able to produce some milk by the fourth or fifth month of pregnancy. You will notice how your breasts swell and become heavier the nearer you are to the delivery date. Your body goes through all the preparation needed before delivery that ensures that under normal conditions, you are able to give your baby his first feeding right after delivery.
The milk that is produced during the first few days of your baby's life is referred to as colostrum, or first milk. By the third or fourth day, your milk changes in consistency and becomes mature milk. The quantity produced increases dramatically.
Breastmilk contains everything your baby needs to be nourished. It also contains extra ingredients that help protect your baby from infections and illnesses in the ears, lungs and bowel. There is also evidence that breastfed babies have a lower risk of obesity and allergy development in later life.
Breastmilk changes both chemically and in consistency, to match your baby's evolving nutritional needs. Even during a single feeding session, breastmilk changes to suit your baby. At first, the fore-milk is slightly thinner and quenches your child's thirst. The hind-milk is thicker and richer which feeds your baby properly, due to its high calorie count. It is therefore important to allow your baby to finish feeding from one breast, before moving him over to the second breast. It is also the reason why you should alternate the starting breast for each feeding session.

More questions

Mums understand the benefits of breastfeeding and some may be tempted by online sources if they're reluctant to breastfeed themselves or are having problems.
Babies can often be fussy in the evenings and you may find it difficult to nurse or settle them. 
Here are ways to know if your baby is getting enough milk
Breastfeeding and medication: what you need to know
What's the difference between breastmilk and formula?
Breastmilk has plenty of iron to last your baby at least the first six months of his life. 
Nipple shields are used if baby wont take the breast or for sore nipples
As of February 21st 2011 the HSE is recommending that all babies, including babies that are breastfed be given 5 micrograms of vitamin D3 a day. This is because recent studies have shown that mothers and...
Spitting up is very common and most young babies spit up at least once a day. This is because their digestive systems are immature which makes it very easy for their stomach contents to come back up their...



Hello Mama!
Help us help you by allowing us and our partners to remember your device as having browsed MummyPages and serve you better content and ads

We're on a mission to help our mums and their families thrive by informing, connecting and entertaining.

Join us in our mission by consenting to the use of cookies and IP address recognition by us and our partners to serve you content (including ads) best suited to your interests, both here and around the web.

We promise never to share any other information that may be deemed personal unless you explicitly tell us it's ok.

If you want more info, see our privacy policy.