Colostrum is the ‘first milk’ that your body will start to produce, it is also sometimes referred to as ‘liquid gold’ because it is very important for your baby’s development and growth. Colostrum is a very rich and creamy milk which may be slightly yellow in colour. If you choose to breastfeed your baby, for a few days after the birth your baby will gain all the food that it needs from this colostrum, even before your milk ‘comes in’. There is no need to worry that your baby isn’t getting enough – at this stage your baby’s stomach is tiny and the seemingly small amount of colostrum is so rich it will fill him up nicely. Colostrum has all the nutrients that a baby needs and is a very high in protein and vitamin K. Colostrum also has antibodies and white blood cells that help to pass your own resistance to certain infections onto your baby to help protect them in the early weeks.

It is thought that colostrum can also help protect your baby from developing serious allergies as they grow. Babies who receive colostrum in their early days are also able to excrete out their waste products more easily and have extra protection from any germs that enter their stomach as the thick colostrum helps to line their stomach.

If you have any questions regarding colostrum or breastfeeding, you should speak to your midwife.

by Jenny, mum to William and James

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