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Forum Name: Obstetrics

Question: lactation


 Amygirl - Thu Feb 03, 2005 12:29 am

how much milk can a woman produce when she is 6 months pregnant? does it very? can a woman produce 6 to 12 ozs by then. whats normal and what is like the most?
 Kathy C, RN - Sun Feb 06, 2005 4:00 pm

Hi Amy
The amount of daily milk produced is related proportionately to the total duration and frequency of sucking - this pattern becomes established on about the third day of breast feeding.

Your milk supply is a matter of "supply and demand" -- the more your baby demands, the more your body will make. So you can feel comfortable nursing as often as your baby wants.

You can be sure your baby is eating well if baby if he\she has 6 or more wet diapers and 2-3 stools each day (after your milk comes in), shows a steady increase in weight (check baby's weight at 1 to 2 weeks following birth), has an alert, healthy appearance, and you can feel baby sucking and hear baby swallowing while feeding.

Your fuel supply for milk production comes from two sources: energy stored as body fat during pregnancy and extra energy from food choices. Adding an extra serving or so from each food group during the day provides the extra energy and nutrients you need.

Drink enough fluids to satisfy your thirst and prevent dehydration. As always, you need at least 8 to 12 cups of fluids daily -- more if you feel thirsty. Sip a glass of water, milk, or juice while nursing your baby. Milk and juice also supply some of the extra nutrients needed for breast-feeding.
Hope this helps.

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