Pregnant breasts are a sure sign that, what you have could be more than PMS. This is the time for the beautiful twin mountains to start working tirelessly to get the dairy supply going.
If you were to start taking nude pictures of yourself every other trimester, especially beginning in the second trimester of pregnancy, you would be able to see the changes in color and size of your breasts, nipples and the areola.
In addition, your whole décolletage will move farther south. Breast tenderness may also develop due to powerful effects of estrogen, progesterone and prolactin hormones.
Pregnant breast changes are a classical early sign.
In some cases, you might notice that you develop stretch marks as well. Although the speed of production may be different: big breasts that store more milk tend to make milk more slowly, compared to breasts with less storage capacity. However, most breasts regardless of size are able to make a lot more milk than baby actually needs.
And for as long as you are pregnant, pregnant breasts tend to stay voluptuous and will continue to do so if you are breast feeding.
After weaning or if you don’t breast feed at all, they will flatten out and become less pert than before.
So, what are pregnant breasts made of? A complex network of nerves that are sensitive to baby’s suckling stimulation; fatty tissue to protect breasts from injury; glandular tissue; branching milk ducts that perform the work of converting proteins and fats from blood into milk; and ducts that deliver the milk to your nipples.
Your breast milk is more than a drink, it’s loaded with antibodies to protect baby from infections. If you are planning to breast feed, there is no need to worry about how big or little your breasts are as your pregnancy grows.
The process of milk-making is more a matter of demand and supply rather than the size of the breast. While as well-endowed women may have more milk storage capacity, a mom with small pregnant breasts can still make all the milk their baby needs.
Expectant moms should note that if you plan to bottle-feed with formula, then your milk-making will slow down and stop in a few weeks.
If you have inverted nipples, it means your nipples turn inwards instead of coming out i.e. when exposed to cold air or touch and this will make it harder for baby to breastfeed.
Find a lactation consultant to guide you on the use of a manual breast pump to pull the nipple into an outward position. Or she may offer stretching exercises for your nipples.
Most of all, do not treat your nipples roughly or wear plastic dough-nut shaped shields, they have not been proven to be successful in changing inverted nipples.
The first week of breast feeding can be quite uncomfortable as your breasts adjust to the friction and suction of your baby’s mouth.
Soothe your nipples with lanolin; which has natural ingredients and best for both mom and baby.
Choose your maternity clothes and nursing bras wisely, for a comfortable breastfeeding session.
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