Before the breasts begin producing maternal milk, they start by making colostrum first. This is the first form of milk produced, which already has beneficial proteins, fats, minerals, and vitamins for the baby. Colostrum is also rich in antibodies that protect the baby in the first days of life. Some health caregivers call it “the first vaccine.” It also acts as a laxative to help your baby pass meconium (the dark first poop).

When do pregnant bodies start producing colostrum?

It begins leaking well before birth for some women – during the second trimester – which is normal. For others, colostrum will only begin after their child is already here, which is not an issue. Both situations, therefore, are perfectly normal.

It’s common for colostrum to drip during intercourse due to stimulation. It might be a little uncomfortable, but there’s no reason to worry. If it makes you feel better, keep a bra on and place some absorbent pads inside. To avoid leaking in other situations, you can use the absorbent pads during the day and night. Always opt for bras with good support. Sports bras are also a great choice.

What if it doesn’t leek?

And, in case you don’t feel the colostrum leaking before birth, don’t worry. It’ll happen a couple of hours after birth, even if you can’t see it – normally, only a small quantity is produced. So, try not to stress out about this. Whether your breasts leak or not does not correlate with how much milk you’ll be able to produce once your baby arrives. And even if it feels like it’s very little colostrum, it´s enough to keep your baby healthy and protected.

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