7You Will See Changes In Your Breasts
You are probably well aware that your breasts have changed in the course of pregnancy. During pregnancy, your body is producing hormones that prepare your breasts for breastfeeding. You will indeed notice a change in size. It is very normal for them to become bigger to hold milk.
You will also
notice that they feel different. As they become larger and full of nutrients, they will begin to feel sore and tender. Your breasts will not be able to recover to their normal size and feeling if lactation does not occur. Lactation occurs when a young is suckling at your breasts and the milk has been relieved from it.
It is a good idea to breastfeed as often as 12 times a day. If breastfeeding isn’t an option for you, be sure to invest in a breast pump. Pumping your milk will relieve the tension in your breasts. The lack of breastfeeding or pumping your breast milk will cause you to secrete milk during inconvenient times.
The expected time to be breastfeeding is approximately 7-9 months. However, the hormones that foster milk production, such as prolactin and oxytocin, may linger in your system past the expected time. This may be due to the act of your young one suckling. The production of those hormones will continue when if your baby suckles past the 9 months. Your hormones respond to the needs of your baby.