Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
You have gifted your baby with a life, what else will you give when you hold your baby for the 1st time?
You can give your baby the treasure of 'liquid gold'- the colostrum. Colustrum is considered as liquid gold as it is absolutely the right feed for your newborn and promises a lifetime of health and protection for your child.
You can breastfeed your baby within 30 minutes of delivery. Do not discard colostrum or offer any prelacteal feeds to your baby.
What is colostrum?
Colostrum is the first milk produced by your breasts after you deliver your baby. Colostrum is generally yellow and thick in colour, but for some women it may be white or watery.
Colostrum is secreted for about 3 to 4 days after delivery. After colustrum secretion stops, the secretion of normal milk begins. The milk that is secreted for the first 10 to 14 days is called transitional milk after which your milk is considered as mature milk.
Why is colostrum good for your child?
It is produced in small quantities, which is just right for your baby's tiny tummy. Although colostrum is produced in very small amounts, it is highly concentrated with nutrients such as proteins, minerals and vitamins especially vitamin A.
It is rich in antibodies that can help your baby fight against infections.
It is the right food for your baby's yet to mature digestive system.
The flow of colostrum is very slow which helps your child master the art of coordinated sucking, breathing and swallowing. Your baby will be born with the suckling reflex which is more intense immediately after birth. Offering your breast to feed on colostrum will encourage suckling in your baby and is a good start for lactation to establish.