Your breast milk is changing to suit your baby’s needs. When his or her saliva enters your nipple, your body reads it and produces the right “formula” for your baby for that specific point in time. The nutritional profile of the milk changes and grows with your baby.
You get no period while you’re breastfeeding! BUT you can still get pregnant, so be careful! We’ve all heard of Irish Twins.
A pumping bra exists. I went 3 months pumping without knowing of a pumping bra. I know, I know right. 3 months holding the cones and bottles for the entire 15-20 minutes. Get yourself a pumping bra STAT.
I used to pump for about 10 minutes until it seemed as if my breasts were completely emptied out and then I’d stop, when in reality they weren’t completley emptied out, it just felt like it. Then I found this great article about pumping and how you should pump at least 15 minutes, if you can swing 20, do 20 minutes. You do not want to rush this.
The reason for this is because another wave of milk comes in as you’re pumping. It comes in right at about 14 minutes, you’ll feel another round of milk coming in and you want to pump long enough to feel that and pump that out. I always set a timer for 15 minutes and right at almost 15 minutes is when I feel this so be patient. Waiting the full time also signals to your body that you need more milk production!
The size of a woman’s breasts have nothing to do with the amount of milk she produces. A woman with large breasts can make little milk and a woman with small breasts can make an abundance of milk.
Breast milk contains naturally occuring cannabinoids in it that promote sleep and calmness in babies.