Collect colostrum by hand expressing into the funnel with an oral syringe attached. This makes it much easier and wastes less colostrum than if you use only a syringe, or a cup and syringe.
The ENFit compatible oral tip (OTLD) one piece syringe has a smooth barrel and tip to make giving collected colostrum easy and gentle.
By drawing the milk into an OTLD syringe you are able to feed orally or connect to a tube if your baby is tube-fed.
If your breasts are sore you might like to use Breast-Warmers Silk & Wool.
If your nipples are cracked and sore try Nursing Balm.
Any woman may choose to collect colostrum for her baby before or after birth.
Antenatal expression of colostrum.
When it’s expected that your baby may have feeding problems or could possibly need extra calories after birth, you may be asked to express breastmilk in late pregnancy. Your baby will then have a small supply of breast milk ready if needed
at birth, and infant formula might be able to be avoided. Babies who receive only breastmilk in the first week are more likely to breastfeed longer.
Reasons it may help your baby if you express in late pregnancy include babies:
- whose mother has diabetes in pregnancy
- with congenital conditions such as down syndrome or heart problems
- with a cleft lip and/or palate who are smaller than expected
- who are transferred to NICU
There are also reasons why women may have difficulty with producing enough milk for their baby’s feeds.
These include women:
- who have had low milk supply in the past
- who have problems with breast growth
- with polycystic ovarian disease
- who have had breast surgery in the past
- with multiple sclerosis
- who have had medical assistance to conceive.
Mater Mother's Hospital brochure link
Colostrum Collector Kit : Funnel with Syringes & Tip Caps
1 x Funnel
2 x 1ml Oral Syringes
2 x 2.5ml Oral Syringes
8 x Tip Caps (4 spare)