The relationship with your baby will develop when you are pregnant. Those instinctual and loving behaviours are a great starting point for the relationship to grow. By responding to your baby both inside and when they are born leads to improved brain development and calming hormones – you can never spoil your baby.
Evidence suggests that connecting with your unborn baby is good for brain development. Simple things like taking time to think about your baby, talking/singing to baby, noticing your baby’s movements, rubbing your tummy, involving partners/siblings helps to support this important development. Staff will talk to you about your thoughts and feelings around developing this relationship with your baby.
Antenatal expressing for diabetic mothers:
Colostrum is in your breasts from around 16 weeks of pregnancy. We can express this from around 37 weeks of pregnancy. Colostrum is very important for babies; it is very concentrated and contains lots of protective properties to give your baby the best start.
How to hand express?
If you experience any cramping pain in your uterus please stop and ask for advice from your midwife.
Use one syringe per day, storing in between expressions in the fridge. At the end of the day put the syringe in a sealed zip lock freezer bag and then freeze. Make sure you label the syringe with your name, date and time of expression.
The colostrum can be stored for 6 months in the freezer and taken with you into hospital when you come to have your baby. Give the midwife the freezer bag to put in our fridge.