Successful Breastfeeding Begins Right at Birth

Whether the delivery of a baby goes exactly as expected or veers down a completely unexpected path, the early removal of colostrum is an important part of getting breastfeeding off to a good start.

Ideally, the baby will attach to the mother's breast and begin to nurse and remove colostrum without assistance, but if the baby is born prematurely or is unwell, the mother may need to do this herself.  Even those who have lots of experience with breastfeeding may be surprised to see how much colostrum can be expressed within the first post-partum hour.  It is indeed a golden hour for breastfeeding mothers!


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