What is colostrum?

Colostrum is produced by your body from around 4 months into pregnancy and will be the first milk your baby drinks. This special liquid gold, which is usually a yellow/orange colour, has a thick consistency, and your baby will only need around one teaspoon of this magic substance each feed.

It is a natural vaccination created by your body and tailored to your babies needs to help protect them from viruses and bacteria. It is also known to have a laxative effect which enables your baby to easily pass their first stools – known as ‘meconium’.

After a few days, your body will soon start to produce mature milk.

Colostrum is the ultimate human superfood – if you could bottle it up and sell it, you would be a millionaire!

liquid gold colostrum

References:

Nhs.uk. (2017). Breastfeeding: the first few days – Pregnancy and baby guide – NHS Choices. [online] Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/breastfeeding-first-days.aspx#colostrum [Accessed 5 Sep. 2017].

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