April 28, 2006, Newsletter Issue #80: MYTH-There is not enough or no milk during the first few days after birth

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It often seems as though there is not enough or no milk in the first few days after birth because the baby is not latched on properly and therefore is unable to get the milk. Once the motherīs milk is abundant, a baby can latch on poorly and still may get plenty of milk. However, if the baby is latched on poorly, he/she cannot get milk. This accounts for "but heīs been on the breast for 2 hours and is still hungry when I take him off". By not latching on well, the baby is unable to get the motherīs first milk, called colostrum.

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