Hand Expressing Colostrum

You will start making colostrum (early breast milk) during the middle of pregnancy. Colostrum is your first milk and has special antibodies that help protect your baby from getting sick. It also helps your baby poo out the sticky, black stuff called meconium from their gut after they are born.

It’s helpful to learn how to hand express colostrum before your baby arrives. This can be especially useful if your baby might come early, if you’ll be apart from your baby after birth, or if you have health problems like diabetes or high blood pressure.

You can start expressing colostrum from about 37 weeks and store it in the freezer.

Watch this video on how to hand express breastmilk:

Video - Hand expressing breastmilk