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Antenatal Expression

 

EBOOK COMING SOON ON HOW TO EXPRESS AND STORE YOUR COLOSTRUM DURING PREGNANCY!  STAY TUNED!


Did you know you can express colostrum and store it during pregnancy?  Yes, you heard me right! You have colostrum in your breasts starting from early pregnancy 😱😍 You can and should consider expressing your breastmilk during pregnancy 🤰🏻🍼 It’s called antenatal expression. It consists of you learning how to hand express your first milk, colostrum, and storing it in a clean syringe.  I did this during 2 of my pregnancies with the approval of my care providers and it was a great decision.  But why?🤔  What are the benefits?🤔  How do I express and when?🤔



📌Colostrum is the first milk your body starts producing around 3-4 months of pregnancy. It's full of antibodies and immunoglobulins, which not only help protect newborns as they come into our world of bacteria and viruses, but also has a laxative effect that helps them expel the tarry first stools called meconium. Your colostrum can vary from the a golden color to clear and be a bit thick/sticky.  It is low in volume but high in concentrate nutrition for your newborn. It’s measured in teaspoons, not in ounces! This is what your baby gets from your breasts for the first 3-4 days of life until your mature milk comes in.


📌The art of antenatal expression is beneficial for every pregnant mother, but in particular it’s mostly beneficial:
➖if you have gestational diabetes. Your baby may be born with low blood sugars and having your expressed colostrum on hand can help you avoid the use of formula to bring your baby’s sugar level back to normal. Exclusive breastfeeding has shown to reduce the risk of baby developing diabetes later in life.
➖if you’re expecting your baby to be born with a cleft lip or palette. These babies tend to have a harder time breastfeeding and it’s particularly important that these babies get your colostrum as it helps to protect baby against ear and respiratory infections.  When the cleft is repaired, your milk helps repair and protect your baby against hospital germs.
➖if you are having a planned cesarean or induction. Your chances of being separated from baby increases in these situations and it helps to have expressed colostrum available to ensure your baby gets your milk and gets the best start.
➖your baby has a high level of jaundice. You can help flush the jaundice out of your baby’s system faster without the use of formula if you have expressed colostrum on hand.
➖you have a family history of cows milk protein sensitivity.  A genetically predisposed baby who receives formula in the early postnatal period may have an increased risk of developing this condition.
➖you have a baby with neurological or cardiac conditions. These babies may not be able to breastfeed. Having extra colostrum on hand is beneficial for baby.
➖any baby that is predicted to have any type of medical issues upon birth! This list is long!


📌Its beneficial for you to learn how to hand express before your baby is born! You will become familiar with your breasts, be confident with expressing, become confident in the ability to breastfeed your baby, and be ready and a pro at hand expressing which is vital in the event that your baby has a hard time latching to your breasts or is separated from you. A breast pump is not as effective as hand expressing colostrum!!

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✅LA LECHE LEAGUE ENCOURAGES ANTENATAL EXPRESSION✅


💪🏻THIS IS A LOST ART AND WE NEED TO NORMALIZE IT AGAIN💪🏻


‼️EXPRESSING FOR A FEW MINUTES A DAY IS UNLIKELY TO TRIGGER LABOR BUT SPEAK WITH YOUR PROVIDER IF YOU ARE AT RISK FOR EARLY LABOR, OR DISCONTINUE EXPRESSING IF CONTRACTIONS BEGIN!!