[CG] Breast care - lactation management when your baby has died

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The time after the death of a baby can be physically and emotionally exhausting.

Colostrum (early breastmilk) is produced as early as 16 weeks into the pregnancy. Even when your baby has died, your breasts will make milk. Some women welcome this as proof their baby was real while other women find the reminder very painful. Caring for your breasts is important, as it will help make them more comfortable and reduce the risk of blocked ducts and mastitis.

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Last reviewed: 01 April 2016

Next review: 25 January 2021

Author(s): Claire Govan and June Grant

Version: 1

Approved By: Obstetrics Clinical Governance Group

Document Id: 435