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Do people pump before the baby is born to make their milk come in sooner?

Or even to store some milk early? Is this possible. Just curious.


Asked by Anonymous at 3:10 PM on Sep. 28, 2009 in Pregnancy

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Answers (8)
  • Colostrum is what your baby needs first. It's full of antibodies and best for newborns. There's no benefit to making your milk come in before the baby.

    Answer by Glutenfreebaby at 3:12 PM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • Nope, not possible...if you are pregnant, your milk will not come in until you have the's in the hormones.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:12 PM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • Some women MIGHT be able to express a little breastmilk before their baby is born, but this is not the norm. It is the hormonal shift of childbirth that is responsible for breast milk "let down." So, no, you really cannot pump and store early--unless, this is your 2nd + child, and they are close in age, and you are still breastfeeding the older child!

    When you deliver, you can start feeding and pumping as much as possible to get ahead of breast milk production. This is what I did, and then my husband was able to help (he wanted to help) with middle of the night feedings using bottled breast milk!

    Answer by LoriKeet at 3:14 PM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • It's not necessary or beneficial. All you will get is colostrum, which is what baby needs PRIOR to mature milk coming in. The thing that allows your milk to mature is the hormonal changes after the birth.

    Not to mention, a lot of women have VERY sensitive nipples in pregnancy and pumping could cause more difficulties with sore nipples when baby is learning to latch on.

    Answer by asaffell at 3:31 PM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • It can cause pre-term labor if you pump while pregnant. There is no need to pump before the baby gets here. Colostrum is best for baby and baby is the best pump there is.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:56 PM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • you don't want the milk to come in sooner because you want the first thing to be the colostrom for baby.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:07 PM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • NOOOO it can cause pre-term labor. be careful

    Answer by Mrs2009 at 6:11 PM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • Just let nature takes it course! Our bodies know what and when to do what our babies need.

    Answer by luvbnmomnwife at 9:19 PM on Sep. 28, 2009