My son had severe jaundice & weight loss issues after birth & had to be supplemented for a couple feedings. I'd really like that not to happen this time. I was thinking about pumping before birth this time & freezing the colostrum to use after the baby arrives (I leaked like crazy before DS1 was born so I suspect I'd be able to pump a little bit anyway). Has anyone done this? I spoke to the LC at the hospital where I'll be delivering about it and she said while it's not something she'd recommend (I suspect she's not permitted to recommend it as I know pumping can stimulate contractions), but if I decided to do that, it was basically fine with her, no one would stop me from giving DS2 the milk I brought with me to the hospital (that was my biggest concern). If you've done this, how did it work out? What did you use to store the milk? I'm guessing that I should try to find smaller containers than I have (I just have the regular Medela bottles that came with my pump). I know Medela sells colostrum containers, but they're not for sale in Canada & I can't find a US online retailer who will ship them to me.
TIA for your thoughts. I'm also considering having donor milk available. This might actually be easier to coordinate because it could be freshly delivered to the hospital rather than needing to be frozen and then thawed.