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umm this is going to deff. be a TMI questin but should I be lactating already? im only JUST 4 months along. I noticed it when I was taking a shower last night... Shocked
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replied April 15th, 2008
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I don't know for a fact, but I had a friend tell me when i found out I was preg, that to watch out because you can lactate as early as 4 months. Not really sure.
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replied April 15th, 2008
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It's perfectly normal. I started leaking/lactating at 14 weeks. I've heard some women can start as early as 12 weeks Shocked
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replied April 15th, 2008
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You are not lactating. Lactating means your breasts are making milk. Your breasts are not making milk, they are leaking colostrum. This is perfectly normal. Get some breast pads in the baby section of the store if it starts to leak through your clothes.
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replied April 19th, 2008
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Ingi wrote:
You are not lactating. Lactating means your breasts are making milk. Your breasts are not making milk, they are leaking colostrum. This is perfectly normal. Get some breast pads in the baby section of the store if it starts to leak through your clothes.


Thank you, one more question what is colostrum?
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replied April 19th, 2008
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It's what you make before the baby is born and a few days after birth. It is a special fluid that helps cleanse the baby of the meconium in his system. Your milk will come in about three days on average after you deliver the baby. Having it now is a little early, but normal...everyone is different. If you have more than a nursing pad will hold, you can try lily pads or get a pantyliner and cut it in two for a more leak proof result.
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