Have you Heard of Antenatal Milk Expression? ⁣

antenatal milk expression

Do you have a history of low milk supply? If so, antenatal milk expression may be helpful in your next pregnancy — it is the act of hand expressing colostrum once or twice daily starting around 36-37 weeks of pregnancy.

An antenatal expression may be encouraged for women:⁣⁣

  • who have experienced previous low milk supply
  • who have breast hypoplasis (limited breast development)
  • with polycystic ovary syndrome
  • who have had previous breast surgery
  • who have experienced diabetes in pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

Or for babies:⁣⁣

  • with a cleft lip and/or palate identified during pregnancy⁣⁣
  • with congenital conditions such as Down syndrome or cardiac complications⁣⁣
  • diagnosed with intrauterine growth restriction⁣⁣
  • who are born prematurely

How to express colostrum

You can express colostrum drops into a spoon and then use a small syringe to draw up the milk. The syringe can then be frozen and administered after the baby is born if supplementation is needed. ⁣⁣

NOTE: Please consult with your doctor, midwife, or lactation consultant before beginning antenatal hand expression. For those on pelvic rest or who have a high-risk pregnancy, an antenatal hand expression may be discouraged by your healthcare provider.

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