For two to three days after your baby is born, your breasts produce a liquid that is thicker than typical breast milk. This is entirely normal. It is called colostrum and it is packed with nutrients your newborn needs. Because it is thick, the flow of colostrum is slow, which encourages your newborn to practice sucking, swallowing, and breathing at the same time. Nature really does think of everything, doesn’t it?
In your first week of breastfeeding, around day five, your baby will most likely master the rhythm of feeding, and your milk supply will increase to match his greater appetite. If by then you still feel like you are not in the groove, that’s okay. Lactation consultants can give additional guidance to help you settle into your rhythm at your pace.