Your growing size during pregnancy is a clear indication of your body preparing itself for breastfeed. It is said that the milk ducts and cells start developing from the first trimester. Yes, you can start preparing yourself well in advance to be able to breastfeed your newborn from the very first day. Though full-scale milk production mostly begins 48 hours post delivery.
In my last month of pregnancy, I remember my mom-in-law and my mom instructing me to wash my nipples with hot (bearable) water in order to open up closed pores, if any. I don’t know if that really helped or not but I didn’t have to face any issue when Naina latched on for the first time and even later for that instance. I’ve heard women using scrubs and massage oils but would never recommend anything I haven’t tried!
Lemme know in the comment section below if anyone of you tried any scrub or oil massage during pregnancy.
When I was expecting, I always thought I need to learn more about breastfeeding and attending special sessions during pregnancy is a must (If you don’t know about it, ask your gynae and she’ll guide you to the upcoming sessions). But my dear young lady, most hospitals have a lactation consultant who visits you immediately after you get shifted to your ward/room. These experts help you hold the baby in best comfortable position and provide all the help you need. So, sessions aren’t a mandatory check.
Next is a tip from my grandma again, try drinking as much milk as you can while you breastfeed your baby. She said this takes more milk to the milk producing cells and thus increases the supply. Haha though I never agreed to her but used to have milk for her happiness.
Myth: Your breast size defines the amount of milk you can feed. NO! The size does not define your milk production capacity. Lol doesn’t “milk production capacity” sound like I’m talking about a factory? Mommy factory it is!