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What is Normal Breastmilk Supply?
The first breastmilk you make is called colostrum. It is sticky, and thick and can be clear, white, yellow or brown in color. The baby usually eats about a teaspoon to a tablespoon at each feeding during the first several days of life. The colostrum changes to a more liquid substance within a few days after delivery. This first breastmilk will still contain some of the yellow colostrum for the first 2 weeks, but after that the breastmilk will look whiter in color. A full breastmilk production is said to be about 750 ml/day (25 ounces) but some women may be producing closer to 4000ml/day. (133 ounces) So how in the world do you know if the amount of breast milk you are making is enough, especially if you aren't pumping?
According to statistics, more than 3500 babies in the U.S. die suddenly and unexpectedly while sleeping due to accidental deaths from strangulation or suffocation and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
The sad truth is that most of these deaths can be avoided only if parents follow proper safety measures to protect their babies during sleep.