Producing breast milk is a natural process and your body starts to get ready for it during pregnancy.
In early pregnancy, there may be small changes in your breasts as the amount of breast tissue increases for making breast milk. They can feel a bit tender at this time. For many women, these changes are the first signs of pregnancy.
Sometimes you’ll notice droplets of milk on your nipples before your baby’s born. This is normal.
While you’re pregnant it’s a good idea to think about how you’ll feed your baby and get some information and advice.
However you decide to feed your baby, there’s lots of support available. Your midwife, health visitor or family nurse can:
Your midwife, family nurse or health visitor will talk to you about responsive feeding. This means taking your baby’s lead on when they want to be fed and stopping when they’re full.
You and your partner should discuss how you plan to feed your baby and support each other.
You don’t have to decide until your baby’s born. Try and keep an open mind while you’re pregnant and see how things go after your baby’s born.
Breastfeeding is easy and convenient (with a bit of practice).
Mums also tell us they love the special closeness of breastfeeding.
Although you might think breastfeeding would be a natural and easy thing to do, it does take some practice. Your midwife, family nurse and health visitor can give you support and suggestions.
More about breastfeeding
Human milk has special properties that feed the healthy bacteria and help your baby’s gut and immune system to develop.
Your breast milk:
Skin-to-skin is a lovely way to say hello and to start to get to know each other. Being close to each other like this causes your body to release oxytocin which makes you and your baby calm and relaxed.
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2 November 2023