Transitional milk is milk produced between the second days until the fourteenth day after delivery. This milk is more creamy and thick. This milk is the milk which is out right before colostrums. During this period, your breasts will feel firmer and larger. Baby is likely to have difficulty finding the nipple. Mothers should practice more intensively to provide a supply of milk to the baby.
The help of mom’s hand to put out the milk is important to facilitate the baby to find the nipple. Baby will be stimulated to suck the milk and get a comfortable place to breastfeed. When the baby is sucking the breast milk the first time, the mother will feel a little pain in her breast. This is because the impetus for higher milk production than before. But, after that, the milk will be produced and baby will enjoy more milk. In the early weeks, the oxytocin hormone will cause cramps. Mothers need adequate rest, so that stress does not occur and milk production remains smooth. Combination of increased supply and demand will make more frequent breastfeeding.
After transitional milk, mature milk will appear. This milk is more fluid and consistent. However, the fat will make it a little creamier. In this phase, the breast will not feel tight. Otherwise, your breasts will feel small and saggy. It is normal for the breasts trying to adjust to the needs of the baby.
Along with the need for reduced milk, breast milk supply will shrink and eventually disappear. However, breast milk is more nutritious than cow’s milk. Although it had stopped breastfeeding, the connection between the baby and the mother will remain awake.