Colostrum, which has also been called the “first milk", “liquid gold"
or “immune milk" is a clear, sticky, thick liquid that is produced by
a mother’s mammary glands after the first day of her baby’s birth.
Colostrum is rich in proteins, carbs, vitamins and minerals. The
benefits of colostrum are enormous. Colostrum is produced in very small
amounts for the first four days and then replaced with a lighter thinner
liquid (mature breast milk) Your breasts might start producing colustrum
during the last months of pregnancy, but it is also normal for them to
start producing it the day your baby is born.
On day one, your baby's stomach capacity is about 5-7 ml, or the size of a marble. This is why just a few tsp of colostrum is needed to satisfy a baby’s appetite. On day seven, your baby’s tummy is about the size of a ping pong ball, by then your milk supply will be meeting your baby’s demands with mature milk. So new mothers should not be worried about a low milk supply during the first few weeks. Breastfeed your baby as often as you can, so that your milk supply increases sufficiently.
A new born baby has a very small stomach, which can only take small amounts, and colostrum is provided in small amounts.
It is a concentrated (high in nutrients) liquid that is made especially for a baby’s needs.
Colostrum encourages the occurrence of baby’s first bowel movement, clearing the digestive tact of meconium (first dark stool).
Colostrum also contains many antibodies and growth factors. The
growth factors promote development of a baby’s digestive system and the
antibodies promote the immune system.
It contains immunoglobulin A, which is an antibody that protects the baby against infections of the throat, lungs and intestines.
It contains protective white cells, which help destroy disease causing bacteria and viruses.
It contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
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