Congratulations, on your expected bundle of joy. As a new mother you are probably trying to decide if you want to breast feed your baby or not, if you choose to breast feed your baby, then you will need to determine which kind of breast/nursing pads that you want to use to protect your clothes from leaking milk.
While you are pregnant your body is preparing for your baby’s nutritional needs and you may even notice some of these changes. When you are pregnant your breast will often times become bigger due to increased blood flow and other hormonal changes. Don’t be alarmed if your breast increase a full cup size and you have to buy new bras to support your new breasts.
Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes. I am not a lactation consultant or a certified breastfeeding expert. The opinions in this post are based upon my own experiences.
Breast Changes During Pregnancy
During your third month of pregnancy, your body will begin producing colostrum. Colostrum is a form of milk that contains antibodies to help protect your newborn after he or she is born, it is yellow in color, contains a lower fat content, it is packed with protein, and it has a mild laxative effect to help your baby pass their first stool called meconium. As your baby continues to nurse, your body will begin transitioning your colostrum to milk. It does take a few days for your milk to come in, don’t be alarmed if it takes more than three days for your milk to fully come in. It is important that you continue to nurse your baby often and resist the urge to feed your baby formula instead.
Once your milk comes in, you will find that your breast will begin leaking milk especially if they are full or engorged. Breast pads are made to place inside of your bra to help protect your clothes from getting wet or stained with milk. They are also designed to help keep your nipples dry and helps reduce the risks of infections.