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    breast feeding
    colopyr posted:
    can i start storing and pumping milk prior to jr being born? im
    Wendy12345678 responded:
    lurking... I leaked also with all of mine, but unfortunatly you shouldn't pump. What your making now is colestrum (sorta yellowish pre milk). It seems like it but you probably aren't making a lot. Your baby will only use this milk for a very short time. A few days after birth your real milk will come in (lol, with a vengance). Pumping could make hormones that you don't want. To much nipple stimulation could cause labor, so better safe than sorry. LOL, I'm no expert or anything, this is just what I remember from my pregnancies.
    melissah210 responded:
    Yes you can start pumping and storing, but be sure to label them so you know how long they have been stored...

    found this online:

    At room temperature (less than 77°F) for 4 to 8 hours
    At the back of a refrigerator for 3 to 8 days
    At the back of a freezer for up to 3 months

    I have to admit though I learned something with reasearching online.. I didnt know freezing destroys some of the antibodies.
    It is generally accepted that you can refrigerate breast milk for three to five days and freeze it for three to six months.
    Don't freeze milk you plan to use within three to five days because freezing destroys some of the antibodies. (However, frozen breast milk is still healthier than formula.)

    I dont know how far along you are but personally I wouldnt store too much milk even though it says you can. I would do a week before. But if your leaking and ready theres no stopping it and no point in wasting it and hey it will make it easier for you when feeding time comes. You can rest alittle more why someone else feeds him/her..
    melissah210 replied to melissah210's response:
    sorry i have to correct myself dont pump.. When you do start pumping be sure to label properly.

    PP is right.. on the labor.
    mommyNtraining responded:
    from what i read you're not supposed to start pumping yet b/c itll stimulate contractions. it makes ur uterus contract. wear breast pads. i started leaking almost around 28wks
    phoenix31674 responded:
    aside from possibly stimulating labor, your baby will need the colostrum to provide immune protection for those first few months of life. Just start wearing some breast pads and be patient.

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