If you are pregnant you have most likely noticed many changes in your breasts during your pregnancy. From the second trimester many women experience a leakage in colustrum, especially in the shower. But don’t be alarmed if that’s not your case, every woman’s breast tissues and ducts are quite different.
Normally after child birth, the first few days your breasts will still remain the same as they were during your pregnancy, quite soft. When the milk comes in, which on average takes about 3-4 days, but can take up to 10 days, your breasts will feel quite firm, this is all your milk ducts filling up. Some women may also feel discomfort or engorgement due to the milk coming in. In about 1-2 weeks post the milk coming in, your breasts should settle down and meet your baby’s needs.
Keep in mind that each woman’s breasts are quite different and in hospital we will assess your breast, and make you familiar with the changes that occur. You should also discuss with your midwife or the lactation consultant if you have any discomfort from breast engorgement, feeding or changes in your breasts.