Colostrum - Baby's First Food
You may suspect that you’re pregnant when your breasts feel unusually tender. Breast changes start when you first become pregnant and continue throughout most of your pregnancy. You probably noticed that your bra no longer fits. Bra size may increase by 2 or more sizes during your pregnancy.
Of course, you can choose to breastfeed or not. That’s a personal choice each woman makes for a variety of reasons. Your breasts, however, aren’t concerned about your eventual choice. They’re just preparing to do what they are meant to do and that is supply your baby with the nourishment your baby needs.
Your your body starts producing colostrum in the 2nd trimester. And keeps making it until you give birth and for 3 to 5 days after you deliver. Colostrum is pre-milk and comes in before your real milk does. It is clear to yellowish in color and thick and sticky. It contains proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, antibodies and immunoglobulins. This super-food is everything your baby needs to begin life in a healthy way. Colostrum supports the immune system and also acts as a laxative to help your baby pass the first stool.
If your baby is jaundiced and isn’t getting enough colostrum, she may be given formula for a short time. This is to prevent bilirubin levels from becoming too high. You can go back to breastfeeding after her levels have stabilized. If you have questions about baby jaundice and bilirubin please speak to your pediatrician.
No matter what you decide to do, breastfeed or formula feed, the most important thing is to just feed your baby!
Food choices and diet influence breast milk production. If you are concerned, I can help. I offer nutritional consulting for your specific needs. You can schedule a FREE 20-minute consultation if you have questions.
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