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The Importance of Colostrum

It is very important to start breastfeeding soon after delivery so that your baby receives the benefits of colostrum or premilk. Since it is very limited in volume but very valuable in content, it is crucial that baby receives frequent feedings so that baby gets plenty of this yellow, creamy substance before it is replaced with mature milk. Colostrum is often referred to as 'liquid gold' perhaps for its properties; not only does it provide perfect nutrients for a newborn, it also imparts large amounts of living cells that provide your child with immunity against many harmful agents. You may notice the first milk as early as 20 weeks.

Colostrum is:

• Low in fat

• High in protein

• High in carbohydrates

• High in vitamin K

• Easy to digest

The benefits of Colostrum include:

• Colostrum works as a natural 100% safe vaccine; the immune agents contained in colostrom is much higher in comparison to mature milk

• Antibodies called secretory immunoglobulin A (IgA). Before birth, the placenta provided your baby with the antibody called IgG; now with this new antibody your baby receives protection from external germs in places like the mucous membranes in the throat, lungs and intestines.

• It plays a key role in the baby's gastrointestinal tract; the colostrum seals the permeable holes of the intestines and prevents foreign bodies from entering the intestines

• It also sensitizes baby to the foods eaten by you and

• Colostrum also acts as a laxative by loosening meconium or first stools (black sticky substance contained in the intestines); excess bilirubin is expelled from the system thus preventing jaundice

• Colostrum also contains high concentrations of leucocytes, protective white cells that can destroy disease causing bacteria and viruses.

• Mature breast milk contain lower concentrations of antibodies but it is higher in volume. Baby continues to benefit from the disease fighting properties of human milk as long as it is breastfed.

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