A common question I get asked by mums-to-be is "How will I know I have enough milk for my baby?" In most circumstances, Lactogenesis II and III (milk coming in and ongoing production) happen seamlessly, but for a rare few - milk supply does not come in as it is meant to.
In these cases, antenatal preparation in the form of education, expressing and storage of breastmilk during the pregnancy (from 36 weeks) may of been beneficial for those women. The recently published DAME study in the LANCET 2017, indicated a benefit to those women particularly with gestational diabetes, but also dairy/food intolerances, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), maternal breast surgery, known cleft lip and/or palate and other conditions that may indicate the possibility of early feeding problems such as kidney or heart issues.
Knowing what is right for you and when/how to express should be done under the guidance of an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). There are some instances where antenatal expressing is not recommended, therefore a thorough history and education should be part of your care.
Make an appointment today with Adelaide Lactation Consultants to discuss your breastfeeding plan. Antenatal preparation is vital for long term breastfeeding success. We offer antenatal breastfeeding education which will include information about expression and storage of breastmilk.