What are the stages of breast milk?
There are three different stages of breast milk: colostrum, transitional milk and mature milk.
- Colostrum: Your first milk that lasts between two and four days after birth.
- Transitional milk: Begins approximately four days after birth and lasts about two weeks.
- Mature milk: Milk that lasts from approximately 14 days after birth until you are done producing milk.
Is it okay to squeeze out colostrum?
If you want to hand express colostrum for your newborn, follow these steps:
- Cup your breasts with your hand in a "C" shape. Four fingers should be under your breast and
your thumb should be above your nipple.
- Use your thumb and index finger to gently squeeze your areola and nipple.
- Repeat several times and in a pattern. Apply firm pressure but do not slide your fingers.
If colostrum doesn't come out, try moving your fingers to another spot.
- Colostrum should slowly flow out within minutes. It's thick and comes out in drops.
- You can repeat this a few times per day.
Please note that expressing colostrum before your baby is born carries risks.
Some people can go into premature labour or begin having contractions.