38 Weeks, Still No Milk?

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Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I'm currently 38 weeks along, and I have read in several books and websites, that I should be producing some kind of pre-milk substance? Nothing so far, does that mean I will not be able to breastfeed when my baby is born, I'm just a little concerned?

ANSWER

Not to worry, most women don't make anything before the baby is born, and only microscopic drops of colostrum for the first three days with a first baby. There will be more activity sooner with subsequent pregnancies. As long as your breasts have changed during pregnancy, chances are you will be able to breastfeed just fine. Good luck!

--Cynthia, CNM. PhD.