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What is colostrum?

Colostrum is the first milk produced during your first trimester, usually around 16 weeks. It is thick, yellow, and often referred to as liquid gold. Even women, who do not plan to breastfeed, will offer colostrum to their baby after delivery due to the health benefits that it provides. It is produced during the first few days following birth and composed of immune factors, antibodies, protein, vitamins, and minerals. It aids as a protective factor for your baby, providing immunity to surrounding germs by coating the intestinal wall, so they cannot be absorbed. It also kills harmful microorganisms and provides protection from inflammation, and offers a laxative effect for baby - clearing meconium (baby’s first poops) which helps to prevent jaundice. 


Many moms worry that their colostrum won’t be enough to satisfy baby, and therefore they feel baby’s nutritional needs are not being met. It is important to remember that baby’s tummy is so tiny, and the amount that mom is producing is perfect for baby. Stomach capacity is about 5ml (a teaspoon)! Colostrum is also the perfect first food to help baby practice how to suck, swallow, and breath all at the same time. It takes practice to breastfeed, not only for mom, but for baby too!


Benefits of colostrum:

  • Helps strengthen baby’s immune system

  • Promotes a healthy gut, and keeps harmful bacteria from being absorbed

  • Is the perfect first food for baby; nutrient dense

  • Offers a laxative effect to clear meconium

  • Easy to digest

  • Helps prevent low blood sugar in full term babies



Beginning your breastfeeding journey can feel overwhelming at times! Having the right support and tools can make all the difference. Reach out and book your free discovery call today!

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