Colostrum Harvesting

Colostrum harvesting kit

Our Colostrum Harvesting Kit has been developed by our midwives so you can harvest colostrum from 37 weeks of pregnancy. Colostrum is the breast milk that your baby receives for the first few days after birth when you are breastfeeding. Colostrum harvesting and hand expressing are useful skills to learn during pregnancy. Our midwife written guide will support you in 7 simple steps.

Immediate skin to skin and keeping your baby close during their time as a newborn can help to promote bonding. We have partnered with MORI to use their premium soft touch cloths to help with bonding even when mum and baby are not together.

The kit contains:

  • 5x sterile syringes (these are used for collecting any colostrum you harvest, including handy caps for storage)
  • 5x freezable labels (you can label them with your name and the date collected and store in your freezer to take with you to hospital when you give birth)
  • 2x MORI bonding cloths
  • A full guide to colostrum harvesting and a free No Harm Nipple Balm sample

Get your kit HERE

MORI soft touch cloth

At My Expert Midwife we know that immediate skin-to-skin and keeping your baby close when they are newborn can help to promote bonding. Using MORI’s soft touch cloths can help mums and babies to bond even when they are not together.

Place one tucked into clothes on mum’s skin, close to the breast, and one with baby in their crib or cot. Exchange these cloths between mum and baby regularly so their unique scent can continue to encourage bonding. Being able to smell your baby can help stimulate the breastmilk let down reflex and milk supply when breastfeeding and expressing breastmilk.

Your baby may also settle with your partner, or for their naps, more easily if they are able to smell your scent. These cloths can be especially helpful if you are separated from your baby for any period of time.

Want to learn more about colostrum harvesting?

We offer a 60 minute webinar focusing solely on colostrum harvesting, which is hosted virtually by our registered midwives. The webinar will cover what colostrum is, show you techniques for hand expressing and provide you with information on how to collect and store colostrum.

Although the webinar is not interactive, you will have the opportunity to submit questions which will be answered at the end.

Book your place HERE

Download our free guide

This FREE downloadable mini guide covers your breast milk journey from your first milk and how to hand express colostrum to transitional and mature milk. It also provides top tips for breastfeeding. This FREE downloadable mini guide is formatted to be read easily on your mobile.

Download your guide here.

what is colostrum harvesting?

Colostrum is the breast milk that your baby receives for the first few days after birth when you are breastfeeding. Only small amounts of colostrum are needed as it is high in calories, full of antibodies for their immune system and packed with stem cells to support their development. Colostrum harvesting and hand expressing are useful skills to learn during pregnancy, as they can help you become familiar with your breasts and how they work, as well as helping to establish breastfeeding after your baby is born.


If you have cervical stitch or have been diagnosed with a low lying placenta/placenta praevia please consult with your midwife or doctor before starting colostrum harvesting.