Today, as part of National Breastfeeding Week, The Rotunda Hospital launched our new ‘Antenatal Expression of Colostrum’ Patient Information Leaflet.

In the Rotunda Hospital we believe that breastfeeding is a unique interaction between mother and baby which feeds and comforts and also helps prevent against infection and disease. If it is anticipated that a baby may experience difficulties with feeding or maintaining their blood sugar levels after birth, expressing colostrum antenatally (before birth) means that the baby will have a supply of breast milk available if required, therefore reducing the need to use infant formula.

We hope the launch of this new leaflet will raise awareness of the practice of expressing colostrum antenatally, and give expectant mums the information they need to make informed decisions around their newborns nutrition.

Click the image below to download the leaflet, or find it here.