ANTENATAL COLOSTRUM COLLECTION KIT
The Perfect Kit that contains everything you need to collect colostrum syringes in your 3rd Trimester
Being prepared for breastfeeding is important, and antenatal expression is a popular and beneficial process to give many mums a head start on breastfeeding. Paired with our Pregnancy Tea it is the perfect way to start your breastfeeding journey & increase your chances of supply.
Our kit contains everything you need to collect colostrum.
1 x Re-usable jute bag (perfect for your nappy bag to store small & loose items)
1 x 30ml measuring cup with lid
1 x hand-expressing technique instructions
5 x 1ml sterile syringe
5 x 3ml sterile syringe
3 x 5ml sterile syringe
2 x 10ml sterile syringe
15 x syringe caps to ensure no milk is wasted.
15 x date & name labels
When done safely and with guidance from health professionals, mums can get experience in expressing ahead of the baby's arrival and understand the process of expressing colostrum to help with the baby’s growth.
Breastfeeding can uncover many challenges, and our Lactation Consultant Rene Sandeman has put together some helpful tips for how to antenatal express and how you can generate a stash of colostrum ready for your baby, in our blog:
ANTENATAL EXPRESSING, THE BASICS FOR SOON-TO-BE MUMS
Always discuss with your healthcare provider before you begin to ensure antenatal expression is right for you.
How to express colostrum?
Check out our blog here: how to express colostrum
When does Colostrum start?
Colostrum will start to come in during your second trimester (16 weeks) and will only be in small quantities of less than 1ml, each time.
How long does Colostrum last?
Colostrum lasts until you are about 3 days postpartum when it will evolve into your breastmilk; a more watery, milky-coloured consistency.
How much colostrum should I express?
Colostrum can be collected safely from 36 weeks pregnant. It is always recommended though to contact your health care professional before starting colostrum collection. In terms, of how much you should collect; this is body dependent on the collection being variable to each person. Some mothers may only be able to collect 1ml per collection, whilst others may get up to 5ml.
How much colostrum should I take to the hospital?
When taking your colostrum to the hospital, ensure that all your syringes are labelled appropriately, so they can be stored. With regards to how many you should take, a new baby will only need up to 20mls a day, you will also continue to produce colostrum for the 72 hours following your labour.
How long can colostrum be stored in the fridge?
Colostrum can be safely stored for up to 6 months in the freeze once collected. It is recommended that it not be stored any longer and it is not re-frozen once defrosted. You can defrost the colostrum by simply placing the syringe into a cup of boiling water.
How often do I express colostrum before birth?
You can hand express colostrum twice a day, once morning and then once later in the evening. To get the best results it is recommended to try collecting after a warm shower or after you have applied heat to the breasts with a warm pack or cloth.
How many MLS of colostrum does a newborn need?
A newborn will consume up to 20mls of colostrum within the first 24 to 48 hours of life. After this period, their needs may shift to up to 100mls per day.