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Antenatal Expression of Colostrum

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Antenatal breast expression (ABE) is defined by the Australian Breastfeeding Association as ‘the hand expression and collection of colostrum during pregnancy’. Its main value is the storage of colostrum in order to prevent neonatal hypoglycaemia or hasten the production of lactogenesis.

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Antenatal breast expression (ABE) is defined by the Australian Breastfeeding Association as ‘the hand expression and collection of colostrum during pregnancy’. Historically, ABE has been used to help prepare the breasts for postnatal breastfeeding. Today, however, its main value is the storage of colostrum in order to prevent neonatal hypoglycaemia or hasten the production of lactogenesis.

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Anne Watkins
Anne is a freelance lecturer and medical writer at Mind Body Ink. She is a former midwife and nurse teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare, stress management and medical hypnosis. Her background includes working as a hospital midwife, Critical Care nurse, lecturer in Neonatal Intensive Care, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a company making life support equipment. Anne has also studied many forms of complementary medicine and has extensive experience in the field of clinical hypnosis. She has a special interest in integrating complementary medicine into conventional healthcare settings and is currently an Associate Tutor, lecturing in Health Coaching and Medical Hypnosis at Exeter University in the UK. As a former Midwife, Anne has a natural passion for writing about fertility, pregnancy, birthing and baby care. Her recent publications include The Health Factor, Coach Yourself To Better Health and Positive Thinking For Kids. You can read more about her work at www.MindBodyInk.com.
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Kate ryan
27 Sep 2021
Informative read
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Kym Davey
18 Sep 2021
This resource provided an unbiased evidence based resource of the key relevant points in relation to antenatal expressing. It provides a good overview
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Louise Bottega
20 Sep 2021
Very informative
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Julie Clarke
20 Sep 2021
Very interesting and informative
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Sohana Panday
20 Sep 2021
Good short exercise
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xenica garcia
27 Sep 2021
good and informative article
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karen farnsworth
18 Sep 2021
This was informative and gave a balanced view of the pros and cons of antenatal breast expression
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Katie Dorney
21 Sep 2021
Succinct and informative
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Emma Ryan
29 Sep 2021
Excellent article with great references
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Edward Okosun
20 Sep 2021
A concise discussion on Antenatal Breast Expression.
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