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    Has anyone had to express colostrum while pregnant? If so, how much were you able to get each time? I've been told to try and express as my baby will most likely need some to avoid going to SCN. I just tried tonight after a hot shower and only got literally a couple of drops. Feeling very disappointed and worried I won't be able to get what she needs.

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    I have been for weeks. I find morning the best time for me. I get about 0.5mls at a time but sometimes get 1.5mls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamasupial View Post
    I have been for weeks. I find morning the best time for me. I get about 0.5mls at a time but sometimes get 1.5mls.
    Have you been getting that amount from the beginning or did it take some time to get to that amount?

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    Default Expressing colostrum

    I did and never got more than 1 ml at a time. Try not to be disheartened. A newborn's stomach is tiny! It only holds 5 - 7 ml from memory.

    Eta: at the start a drop or two was all I managed so it does take time.

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    I was getting about 7ml by the time DD was born, it started as a tiny bit, try hand expressing in the shower aswell... But like the other ladies said its all you need at the start, their tummies are tiny so don't stress! But if you are s worrier like me, another thing you can do to be proactive & prepare is to make yourself some lactation cookies to eat in hospital once bubs is born, they are great for your milk supply!

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    I'm not so much concerned about supply later on but really wanted to have the colostrum for when she's born. I have GD and am on insulin and the midwife told me if I have even 2-3ml of colostrum to give her as soon as she's born we may be able to avoid her going to SCN.

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    How many weeks are you? If you express twice a day and try to collect even the little bits in syringes it'll start to add up.

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    I was fairly fortunate and able to express good amounts of colostrum. My midwife says not to expect much though! Some people are just lucky.

    I find if you have a warm shower, then basically do the pulling and pressing method like milking a cow, that's a good way to get a fair amount. You kind of need to figure out where your milk ducts are so you are opening them up.

    You can use a heat pack as well if it helps with volume. Just catch what you can in a syringe, store in the fridge and add to it throughout the day, then after 24 hours, pop it in a zip loc bag in the freezer.

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    Yes, I usually only expressed a few drops in the shower but pretty sure by the end I was able to get a few ml. Maybe keep trying everyday in the shower, and the amount might increase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BettyV View Post
    How many weeks are you? If you express twice a day and try to collect even the little bits in syringes it'll start to add up.
    I'm 37+2 and was only just given the go ahead to start expressing. Just worried I won't get enough by the time I go into labour (have a feeling it will be in the next few days)


 

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