Colostrum is the first milk that is produced after your baby is born. Colostrum is produced in small amounts till the 2nd or 5th day, after childbirth. It is a thick formula that’s rich in nutrients and antibodies. Around the 3rd day, the body starts producing actual breast milk. This is when the breast starts feeling full.
For some women, breast milk production is delayed. This delay could be due to various reasons:
- Breast Milk production depends on the ability of the baby to latch and suck the milk. If the baby is unable to do so due to many reasons, that could be a reason for the delayed production. Flat nipples, large nipples, and neurological issues in the child, are some of the reasons the baby has trouble latching during breastfeeding.
- Medications and anesthesia given during childbirth can also delay breast milk The stress and trauma that the mother goes through during a C-section can cause delayed breast milk production.
- Similar to C-section, preterm delivery can also cause stress and anxiety to the mother. This can lead to a delay in the production of breast milk as oxytocin hormone responsible for milk let down gets inhibited.
- Health conditions like obesity, diabetes, hormonal issues can also lead to delayed breast milk production. PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome), and thyroid are the most common hormonal issues linked to delayed milk production.
- Retained placenta in the uterus can prevent the production/ release of hormones needed by the body to produce breast milk which can again lead to delayed milk production.
- The formation of testosterone-producing ovarian cysts can lead to hormonal imbalance, which in turn leads to a delay in milk production.