Yesterday, 05:18 PM
Hi karmaiza, welcome to the forum! Some mothers want to express milk prior to having baby so they can have some of their own special, early milk (colostrum) to give baby IF for some reason breastfeeding is not going normally, and baby needs some supplements while they work on those issues. But this is not typically necessary, because if there are such issues, mom can be expressing milk after the birth to give to baby. Otherwise, I am not aware of any particular reason to express milk prior to giving birth to baby, although if there is some other goal or reason you have please let us know.
Prior to having baby and in the first couple of days after a baby is born, what mothers typically have in the breasts is colostrum. Some mothers do produce so called "mature" milk earlier than that, but that would not be the norm. Colostrum tends to be a yellow or goldenish color, or can look white or clear. It is thicker than "mature" milk, and it is available in very small amounts at a time. This colostrum is typically all a brand newborn needs and has many properties that are very good for the brand newborn.
The thing is, because it is kind of thick and comes in small amounts at a time, many moms find that pumping some out, before or after baby is born, does not work as well as hand expression. So if you think expressing some milk prior to baby is important, OR, if you want to learn how to get milk out after baby comes in case there are any issues, I think you might try hand...