Pregnancy

What is colostrum?

What is colostrum?

Colostrum is the first milk produced after childbirth.

Colostrum is a liquid secreted by the mammary glands that provides essential nutrients that the baby needs in the first hours after delivery, until the breasts begin to produce milk a few days after birth.

Many women, as soon as they become pregnant, begin to experience changes in their breasts. These leaks can occur throughout pregnancy, especially during sexual arousal or when hearing a baby cry.

In pregnancy, colostrum is thick and yellowish in color, and when delivery approaches, it is almost colorless. During the latter part of pregnancy, colostrum leaks may increase.

Colostrum is rich in protein, Vitamin A and sodium chloride, and contains smaller amounts of carbohydrates, lipids and potassium than breast milk matures. Colostrum also contains immunoglobulins, which are antibodies that are passed from the mother to the baby in order to provide the child with what is known as passive immunity. That is, the mother is passing through the colostrum, the antibodies of her own immune system to the baby to protect it from possible infections, given the baby's immune system is developing.

The baby's suckling helps stimulate the increase in the hormone oxytocin, which not only helps to reduce the size of the uterus, but also promotes the formation of milk.Within two to four days of delivery, the production of milk will stop. colostrum and will begin to be produced transition milk, which contains higher levels of fat and lactose, and is a precursor to mature milk. About two weeks after birth, the mature milk that you will feed your baby until weaning. The best testimonials about breastfeeding: Related Reading: What is Colostrum?

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