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Getting colostrum to newborn without breastfeeding

Hello.  I was wondering how mothers who do not plan to nurse their newborns, or adoptive mothers, or a male gay couple does this.  How do these parents get their newborn the milk/colostrum they need immediately upon delivery without putting the newborn to the birth mother's breast?  Assuming the first bond to the baby needs to be it's permanent mother (or gay father, or whatever form of Intended Parent), what's the easiest way to get this breast milk to the newborn?  My first guess was to have the birth mother express milk via a pump prior to delivery, but that seems like it would be dangerous since that sort of stimulation causes the uterus to contract and could send the birth mother into premature labor.  Any suggestions?
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If someone does not plan to nurse, they usually start with formula from the beginning.

The colostrum is beneficial, but certainly not mandatory.   And no, a birth mother does not pump colostrum prior to delivery.

I've seen birth mothers breastfeed while in the hospital.  But the vast, vast majority do not, and the infant is started right onto formula.  

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The birth mother can certainly pump the colostrum out following the birth and can then have someone give the adoptive parents the expressed colostrum for feeding. Good luck!
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With my experience with both my children  (who both had to be tube fed at first) it was much easeir to hand express colostrum than using a pump to do so.
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Relinquishing birthmothers are not really encouraged to pump any colostrum or attempt breastfeeding, unless they voice a strong desire to do so.  

It will lead to much more engorgement than they would have had without any breastfeeding attempts.

Very few express any desire to breastfeed.
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