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redcaryellowcar Fri 21-Feb-14 23:20:03

ds was born at 36 weeks and whisked off to scbu, had low blood sugar etc, and my milk took five days to come in and i was hand expressing and pumping to very little yield.
Dc2 due in a couple of weeks, so on advice of hv i am trying to hand express some colostrum into 1ml syringes, problem is i am only getting two or three drops from each session, so at the end of session 3, i have around 0.15ml of colustrum.
Please could someone advise on how often i should be trying, if there is a special technique for extracting colustrum, as i, managed fine hand expressing for ds but never had much succes with colustrum.
Any hints tips etc very welcome?

Shellywelly1973 Sat 22-Feb-14 13:36:18

Why has the H.V advised you to do this?

Even if your new baby arrived now he/she wouldn't be in scbu or are there other health problems?

Maybe using an actual breast pump would be more effective...

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Sat 22-Feb-14 13:43:53

I've been doing this. Was getting 1 ml syringe from each side per day. Have you tried a hot flannel on your abreast before beginning and massaging downwards?
There is an a knack to it. I got my breast pump out the other day and got 5 ml per side, then the damned thing broke! Pumping is definitely worth a try though.

redcaryellowcar Sat 22-Feb-14 21:21:16


redcaryellowcar Sat 22-Feb-14 21:26:15

shellywelly i have been advised to do this as ds was struggling with low blood sugar and my milk took ages to come in, (5 days) and i couldn't express any coloustrum at the time, was using hospital pump to simulate 'demand' but all to no avail , i am hopeful that this baby will be fine and as you say there are no reasons it won't be healthy and just feed 'normally'.
suppose i am just being cautious!
saggy i will hunt out pump and see if i can get things going with that!
thank you both.

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