This is an interesting article one of my facebook friends posted. It includes a little chart that shows the size of a newborn’s stomach, from day one through ten. On the first day, the baby’s stomach is only about the size of a shooter marble, and by day ten, it’s about the size of an extra-large chicken egg. So, the moral of the story is — don’t worry that you’re not producing very much milk those first few days, because the baby couldn’t tolerate it anyway! Funny how that works, huh? — the mom produces a tiny amount of milk but very highly concentrated (colostrum) in those first few days when the baby’s stomach can’t hold much, and then as the baby’s stomach grows, the mom’s milk “comes in,” and she produces enough to feed him. I wonder how many mothers have been discouraged in the hospital and perhaps even put off from breastfeeding altogether due to not producing “enough” milk right at the first. And even worse if this is at all reinforced by doctors or nurses, and she becomes one of those women who thinks she “just can’t make enough milk.” Sure, there are some who for reasons of hormones or surgery or something actually and truly cannot make enough milk; but these are a distinct minority. Most others just need encouragement, rest, and time with their baby to produce all the milk the baby needs.
Posted on January 15, 2010 by Kathy