Table 1

Potential harms and benefits of antenatal breast milk expressing

Potential harmsPotential benefits
Increased admissions to SCN/NICU (shows increased neonatal morbidity and mother-infant separation)Increased exclusive breastfeeding during initial hospital stay
Increased exclusive breastfeeding at 3 months postpartum
Increased duration of any breastfeeding
Decreased mean duration of pregnancyImproved maternal satisfaction
Increased requirement for intravenous glucoseDecreased risk of subsequent diabetes for the infant
  • SCN/NICU, special or neonatal intensive care units.