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Your body naturally releases the milk a few days after baby is born, prior to that baby will drink colostrum (the clear sticky stuff you see now) to help him/her gain weight as it is extremely fatty and filled with nutrients. The colostrum is very important and good for newborns.
I EBF my son for one year. My milk came in when he was 2 or 3 days, I can't remember exactly.
First comes the colostrum (nutrient and antibody rich booster for the baby in those first few days)...then the milk (mine came in on day 3). Your placenta releasing is what triggers your body to start making milk.
You might want to read up a little on BFing beforehand. It often doesn't come naturally to mama and baby, and can be a bit of a learned skill.
BarefootRI:I never leaked in either pregnancy. DD nursed in the hospital (colostrum) and my milk came in a couple days after she was born. I want to say it was our first or second day home. Trust me, you will definitely know when your milk is in! There is no mistaking it. I EBF for 12 months.
Torpedo boobs! It's like one minute you look down and WHOA...looks like they're full. Make sure you have pads on hand because when your milk comes in you will leak like crazy, and if you have a supply like I did you'll be a running faucet on the other side while you nurse.
With all that I had no leaking before the baby was born. This time I know I'm producing something because I'm regularly cleaning out little crusty bits (tmi) but nothing to soak my bra!
not everyone leaks colostrum. Leaking or not leaking has no bearing on your breastfeeding/milk making capabilities.
As far as breast milk is concerned, you do not make it until after the placenta is delivered. Delivery of the placenta allows for certain hormone receptor sites to open back up (that progesterone previously occupied) and to let prolactin (the milk making hormone) take its place. Then it becomes a supply/demand thing...the more baby goes to breast, the more milk you make.