My dr says Colostrum isnt colostrum....huh?!

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  1. tabathavm

    tabathavm Well-Known Member

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    i was talking to my dr about expressing colostrum and freezing it for use after the baby is born im case he was hypoglycemia. And my dr said "you dont have colostrum yet" what you have is some milky subtance. Im sitting there thinking What? Huh? What else is there? So anyway i have never heard that it wasnt colostrum...what can he be talking about? Any of u ladies been told this?
     
  2. aaaaa

    aaaaa Well-Known Member

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    sorry no answers but didn't want to r&r... first time I've heard that one!
     
  3. xdxxtx

    xdxxtx NTNP

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    not a lady, but I'll respond... I'm not sure what your doctor is talking about, but sometimes if someone KNOWS they have GD and are going to be induced early, they're asked to pump colostrum beforehand to have colostrum ready for the baby to get his/her blood sugar up right away.
     
  4. aley28

    aley28 2 boys & a girl <3

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    Everything I've read about whatever is coming out of my nipples says it is definitely colostrum... never heard or read otherwise!
     
  5. DXBBaby

    DXBBaby Well-Known Member

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    blooming heck , I hope what came out a few days ago was colostrum .... if not would love to know :D
     
  6. _jellybean_

    _jellybean_ Well-Known Member

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    Don't know either, but interested to find out if anyone does.
     
  7. 1stBump_27

    1stBump_27 Well-Known Member

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    Not sure how you would freeze it anyway. It's such a tiny amount when you express it only just fills a syringe when I hand expressed. I tried to pump some into a bottle but it just sat round the sides and wasn't any good for feeding LO.
     
  8. EstelSeren

    EstelSeren Married Mum of 2!

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    Apparently, technically human 'colostrum' isn't true colostrum as humans aren't able to make it, only animals like cows and sheep. The term 'colostrum' has only relatively recently come to mean 'the first milk of mammals' and human colostrum doesn't have the same chemical make-up as the colostrum of ruminants. This comes from a friend who studied agriculture and I have no idea how accurate it is!

    Regardless, the milk substance that we have in late pregnancy is, as far as I know, the same as the first milk, referred to as colostrum, that is fed to breastfed babies immediately after birth and for the first few days! :thumbup:

    Beca :wave:
     
  9. xxEMZxx

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    It is!!! I've been told by numerous midwife's that is it, sounds like he don't know what he is talking about.
     
  10. ttcnewbie123

    ttcnewbie123 Well-Known Member

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    As far as I'm aware its colustrum but as sum1 else said there would be such a little amount I can't imagine it would be worth it!?x
     
  11. Blah11

    Blah11 ☼ Mummy to Amelie ☼

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    I'd just ignore him. He clearly has no idea about breastfeeding lol.
     
  12. tabathavm

    tabathavm Well-Known Member

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    haha some of u guys r cute. Well maybe he was being technical ill ask him what itis then lol but as for freezing i read i can express into syringes and freeze ennough to have 10-12cc per feeding . So like 12 feedings a day so thats why i was wanting to get a head start.
     
  13. Maz1510

    Maz1510 Well-Known Member

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    What a load of crap!! lol.. If you are lucky enough to be able to get colostrum before your baby arrives definately freeze it.
    Exp it into a syringe. You can keep it in fridge for 5days. when you have enough you can either freeze it in the syringe if you prefer, or sterilize a ice cub tray and free it in them.
    I defo plan on doing this if i can. a baby only needs 7mls for its feeds for the first day which is not a lot when you think about it!.

    I think your GP should update himself! lol.
     
  14. ashlee23

    ashlee23 Well-Known Member

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    i have heard that ur milk isnt ready for baby's diet until about 36 weeks (as in although we produce it there it hasnt got all the nutrition that it does in the later stages) so maybe that's all he means. that its milk that isnt quite as fatty, nutritious and full of antibodies yet as our milk is still developing to meet baby's requirements (not sure how accurate this is though but seems to make sense) xxx
     
  15. heaven

    heaven Mommy of 2 Beautiful Girl

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    Leave it to a man to tell you this! Ha!

    I ran into crappy comments from the male docs! One hated birth plans, another demaned C-sections, another believed in only 1-2 min of delayed cord cutting and nothing beyond!

    Still don't know how much you could really get out anyhow. I'd just wait til LO comes and only express a bit if it is unbareable or something.
     

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