Expressing colostrum

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Expressing colostrum

Post by Jenbt85 » Sun Nov 02, 2014 11:58 am

I just read the thread that Feebes linked to on expressing prenatal colostrum then hit a button and can't find the thread again!

Do you have only a certain amount of colostrum or is it produced until you give birth and the hormones kick in to change it from colostrum to milk?
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Re: Expressing colostrum

Post by Feebes » Sun Nov 02, 2014 2:04 pm

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Here is the thread

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Re: Expressing colostrum

Post by Feebes » Sun Nov 02, 2014 2:10 pm

This was my very small experience.

I would of gotten onto the prenatal expressing, but DD2 rocked up 6 weeks early. :roll: :lol: ;-)

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Re: Expressing colostrum

Post by Feebes » Sun Nov 02, 2014 2:11 pm

I really have no idea, but I honestly think that it would work the same as post having baby that supply would equal demand, so you wouldn't run out of colostrum.

The milk changing process starts up once the placenta is removed.

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Re: Expressing colostrum

Post by Jenbt85 » Sun Nov 02, 2014 6:15 pm

Thanks Feebes, both were really interesting threads. I had problems establishing bf with DS and I think for this bub that going in with some pre expressed colostrum (if possible) might take some pressure off if there are problems again. The midwives nails were really sharp, so learning how to hand express effectively myself would be good too!
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Re: Expressing colostrum

Post by Penguin » Sun Nov 02, 2014 6:24 pm

I had a similar query re supply and demand for colostrum a few weeks ago. Not that you'd run out of colostrum, but if it was being removed all the time prenatally, would you start making a larger volume.

I started expressing a little while ago and it's getting easier, but I think that's because I'm getting better at working the syringe etc rather than because I'm making more. But essentially, I don't know. I doubt you'd run out, but I don't know if you would make more if expressed or just back up to 'base line'.
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Re: Expressing colostrum

Post by Jenbt85 » Sun Nov 02, 2014 7:16 pm

How many weeks are you now, Penguin? :)
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Re: Expressing colostrum

Post by Penguin » Sun Nov 02, 2014 7:47 pm

Jenbt85 wrote:How many weeks are you now, Penguin? :)
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Re: Expressing colostrum

Post by Jenbt85 » Mon Nov 03, 2014 1:35 am

Penguin wrote:
Jenbt85 wrote:How many weeks are you now, Penguin? :)
25
Wow! That went quickly (for me :D). Do you think you have colostrum at this stage because your DD is occasionally feeding, or is it normal to get some at that point of the pregnancy?
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