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Colostrum Harvesting Kit*

This 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. 

*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. 

The kit contains 5 x sterile syringes and caps, 2 x MORI bonding cloths, 5 x freezable labels, a full guide to colostrum harvesting and a free No Harm Nipple Balm sample.

£10.00
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Colostrum Harvesting Kit*

£10.00

lesley’s tip

it is best to colostrum harvest regularly for short periods as this will be most effective at stimulating the milk supply

midwife recommended

what does the kit contain?

5 x sterile syringes and caps

to be used for collecting any colostrum you harvest, including handy caps for storage

5 x freezable labels

so that you can label your syringes with your name and the date collected and store in your freezer to take with you to hospital when you give birth

2 x MORI bonding cloths

we have partnered with MORI to use their premium soft touch cloths to help with bonding. Exchanging the MORI soft touch cloths between mum and baby can transfer your unique scents to encourage recognition and bonding, even when you and your baby are not together

full guide to colostrum harvesting

providing you with all the information you need to help you harvest colostrum

no harm nipple balm sample

provides fast relief and protection for breastfeeding mums from sore and cracked nipples

Colostrum is high in calories, full of antibodies and packed with stem cells. It supports your baby’s immune system and development, and can help to establish breastfeeding after their birth

  • 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.
  • Collecting and storing colostrum, from around 37 weeks of pregnancy can be a great back up plan if baby cannot or does not breastfeed well initially.
  • Colostrum can be frozen, stored and defrosted when needed. Having this extra supply can be a great help if your baby takes a little longer to learn to breastfeed or if more regular feeds are advised - as may be the case if you have had gestational diabetes and your baby’s blood sugars need regulating, or if your baby needs special care.
  • Exchanging the MORI soft touch cloths between mum and baby can transfer their unique scents to encourage recognition and bonding.

How to harvest

colostrum

  • find a time where you can relax for at least 30 minutes without being interrupted. It may be easier to practice whilst having a warm + relaxing bath the first few times
  • wash your hands. You may find it easier to have shorter, trimmed fingernails too
  • slowly + firmly stroke your breasts from the top down towards the nipple with either a flat hand or make your hand into a fist
  • watch at the nipple for signs of any colostrum, which can be clear or milky coloured. It doesn’t matter if you don’t see any as just the action helps to stimulate the production of it
  • after a couple of minutes, make a C shape with your thumb and forefinger around 2-3cms from the nipple end and use a gentle stroking + squeezing movement (don’t squeeze until its painful)
  • after a few attempts you should start to see colostrum gather at the nipple end, which you can collect in a plastic syringe
  • any colostrum collected can be dated using the labels provided and stored in your freezer, in a sandwich bag so it is ready to give to your baby, should they need it after they are born
  • you can start collecting colostrum from 37 weeks

FAQs

Skin-to-skin and keeping your baby close when then are newborn can help to promote bonding. Exchanging the two bonding cloths between mum and baby regularly can encourage bonding. The MORI soft touch fabric is naturally breathable and has moisture wicking and thermoregulating properties to help keep little ones comfortable day or night in any season.

we have a number of delivery options depending on how quickly you would like to receive your order and where you need it to be sent.

All orders received by 2pm will be dispatched the same day. Orders received after 2pm will be processed and dispatched the next working day.

Please note that our warehouse does not operate on weekends or bank holidays. All orders received after 2pm on a Friday will be dispatched on the following Monday, or the Tuesday of a bank holiday weekend.

Same day dispatch if ordered before 2pm Monday - Friday, £2.95 for all orders under £20

We offer Express delivery within the UK. Orders must be placed before 2pm Monday – Thursday to be dispatched the same day for delivery within the following 2 working day (before 17:00). Orders placed after 2 pm on a Friday will be dispatched on Monday.

Orders for guaranteed Saturday delivery must be placed between 2pm on Thursday and 2pm on Friday.

Please note orders placed prior to 2pm on a Thursday may be delivered on the next working day.

Saturday delivery will take place between 9 - 17:00.

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We offer European and International Tracked/Signed For Delivery.

International deliveries to some countries continue to face short delays, particularly where there are a lack of available transport links and in some countries suspension of postal operations due to COVID-19. This is likely to lengthen the normal delivery timescales.

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