Post # 1
Can some women nurse before giving birth? Or is it only after you have given birth that the milk comes in? The reason I ask: I am just wondering if you are able to nurse before hand, let down the milk, you could have a couple bottles ready? I know it sounds strange – this is the compulsive planner in me thinking out loud…
Post # 3
You can but it’s not recommended. For one, it can trigger early labor (nipple stimulation). Additionally, colostrum is made for newborns to help them pass the meconium in their systems and help their digestive systems. Finally, your milk changes as your baby ages to provide the correct about of nutrition (fat versus carbs etc) and pumping before baby is born could trick your body into thinking baby is older and give the incorrect proprtion of fat in milk when baby is born. (Also you might have issues with your placenta stopping your milk production in labor).
If you were currently nursing another child, then that would be different and they could tandem nurse when the baby was born. But to just try to start production via pumping or whatever, I wouldn’t do it. This is a common question believe it or not!
Post # 4
@newbabybee: I’ve never heard of anyone doing this! I’m 27 weeks pregnant and have a two year old who still nurses, but he does it more for comfort as my milk pretty well dried up after getting pregnant. I know a bit still comes out, but I don’t think it would be enough for a bottle. Your body will be ready for baby when baby comes- you don’t need to pre-make bottles imho:)
Post # 5
Alot of women are able to express colostrum prior to birth but it’s generally the drop in hormones after delivery that triggers milk production. And you won’t need “bottles” of colostrum in the first few days, newborns only have tiny wee tummies and it’s the constant suckling that encourages and establishes a good milk supply.