You will make a small amount of milk known as colostrum during the the first 2 to 5 days after your baby is born. Colostrum is a rich thick milk that is loaded with nutrients. This milk is all a healthy full term baby needs. Around 3 to 5 days after childbirth, your milk will come in. Some factors that may affect your milk production include the following :
- Cesarean delivery
- Bleeding after birth
- Infection or illness with fever
- Thyroid conditions
- Strict or prolonged bed rest during pregnancy
Milk supply depends on demand or its removal from the breast. The best way to increase breastmilk supply is to feed frequently. If you have a problem with delayed or reduced milk production, you first have to look at the number and length of feedings. You should also make sure your baby is latching on correctly. It is important that your baby can transfer milk from the breast.