The Breast Friend Kit teaches this PROVEN and simple technique during pregnancy to provide your babee colostrum and only colostrum through your hospital stay while stimulating milk production.
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Breastfeeding rates are lower than ever in the US with over 90% of births occurring in the hospital. That means YOU could possibly experience the break in the start of your journey, honey. Don't fall victim to the statistics. Your EARLY initiation of breastfeeding occurs with COLOSTRUM within one to three hours after birth and continues into the next two to three days as it facilitates emotional bonding of the mother/caregiver and babee dyad, fuels the next phase of breastmilk and has a positive impact on the duration of exclusive breastfeeding.
The BFF Kit uses the anatomy of your breasts to teach you the intricate manipulation of expressing milk correctly to prepare for breastfeeding. The benefits of hand expression prenatally for colostrum collection also provides a back up plan for any form of separation from your babee for medical complications during delivery that may delay the start of your milk supply. Sometimes there are situations where a babee may need additional milk feeds before milk volume has had a chance to naturally build within the first days of babee's life. For example, a babee born to a diabetic honey might be born with low blood sugar, and need food quickly to address this. Expressing and storing colostrum prenatally means the perfect food will be available if needed, and avoids having to use infant formula.
How to hand express Colostrum prenatally
1. Wash your hands and use Boobee balm to lubricate your nipples. Expressing in the shower can help relax and open milk ducts.
2. Practice expression 1-2 times a day to collect. It may take a few days to begin to see results. Consistency is key.
3. Collect your colostrum in the syringes provided. Place syringes back inside pouch and store in the freezer.
Prenatal Hand Expression is completely safe IF...
You are a LOW RISK mothers starting at 37+ weeks. If you are cleared to have sex more than likely you can hand express prenatally. The benefit of learning and utilizing hand expression prenatally is the colostrum you will collect. Collecting your colostrum during pregnancy has benefits for all women and their babees. However, it is especially beneficial for your babee if they are likely to have difficulties with feeding or maintaining their blood sugar levels during the first few days after birth. This may be because your babee: • is premature • is large or small for their gestational age • is a twin or triplet • has a cleft lip or palate • has Down’s syndrome or a heart condition • oral restrictions
Collecting your colostrum can also be beneficial for your babee if you: • are taking beta blockers to control high blood pressure • have developed pre-eclampsia during pregnancy • are diabetic or have developed diabetes during pregnancy • have polycystic ovary syndrome • have breast hypoplasia (a condition in which the breast doesn’t fully develop) or you have had breast surgery • have a raised body mass index (BMI) • plan to give birth by cesarean section.
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There are studies that suggest antenatal expression after completing 37 weeks of gestation significantly improves postpartum lactation by early establishment of plentiful milk secretion. Hand expression preps the breasts, milk ducts and mammary glands for breastfeeding while also giving you a boost of confidence in feeding your infant and maintaining milk production. Mothers reportedly stating that their milk volume increased significantly on day one and two opposed to the normal three day delay. When hand expression is taught prenatally many honeys I've worked with have experienced less stress on feeding when their babee arrives because they know how to remove the milk to one, feed their babee while manually building their milk supply. Studies also show a reduction on postpartum breastfeeding failures too when new mothers utilize hand expression in the early days.
Resources and Citations
Effect of Antenatal Breast Milk Expression at Term Pregnancy to Improve Post Natal Lactational Performance
Evaluating antenatal breastmilk expression outcomes: a scoping review with Diabetes
(No Premature Labor Effect) Effect of Antenatal Expression of Breast Milk at Term in Reducing Breast Feeding Failures