Q: Hey Dr … my wife wanted to know, ‘when does a pregnant woman breast start sending milk?’ She’s 3 months 1 week and 3 days pregnant?
A: Breast fullness with attendant pain/tenderness during pregnancy is to be expected and one of the signs of pregnancy. This is due to the hormones, Estrogen and progesterone, increase in blood flow and fat deposits in the breast…all in preparation for the job of breastfeeding the soon-to-be-born baby.
The breasts may start to produce milk as early as second trimester (from about 14 weeks) into the pregnancy. This may show up as leakage of fluid (breast milk) from the breast. This milk is colostrum, the first milk produced by a mother to feed her young. This milk is filled with antibodies which help protect and strengthen the baby’s immune system. This leakage can be prevented by using breast pads
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