Your Postpartum Body
What's happening the first six weeks after the last nine months
During the last part of pregnancy, and for a day or two after the baby is born, the breasts produce colostrum, a pre-milk substance loaded with protein and nutrients that give the baby’s immune system a boost. It takes two to three days for the actual milk to come in. As that happens, the breasts will become engorged, meaning they’ll be swollen, hard, and potentially painful. If you’re breastfeeding, you’ll carry as many as three to 5 pounds of extra weight in your breasts.
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