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Breast Care for the Non-Breastfeeding Mother

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What happens to my breasts during and after pregnancy?

Your breasts prepare for lactation during pregnancy. Milk usually comes in 3 to 4 days after delivery. Breast milk production will begin if you had a baby vaginally or if you had a C-section.

What happens to my breasts if I do not breastfeed?

Your production of breast milk will stop by itself over time. Before this happens, you may have any of the following:

How do I care for my breasts?

Your healthcare provider may suggest any of the following:

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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