Colostrum, and It’s Use for the Baby

As you progress in your pregnancy, you will find that your breasts start to enlarge. This is due to the hormonal changes that occur in the body as it prepares for you to breast feed and nurse the infant. While the production of milk generally does not occur until the baby is born really, some people are known to have milk produced early on, and they have to either pump it out, or they find that the milk secretes on it’s own. This is normal, and you should not worry about it unduly.

The process of childbirth itself triggers a range of reactions in the body. Among these is the let down reflex, where the milk starts to get produced in the breasts so the mother can feed the baby.

The baby has been in the mother’s womb for nine long months, and has only been taking in what the mother’s body screens and filters down to it. The baby will take some time getting used to having food and digesting it all on it’s own. It’s body will have to equip itself for this process, although suckling is an instinct which will come to it naturally.

To enable this process to occur gradually, the breast first releases what is known as colostrum. This is a translucent, cloudy liquid which is first given out by the breast before milk starts to be produced. Do not worry if you see this being secreted from the breast and think that you will produce no milk. This is a natural process for everyone.

Moreover, colostrum is very good for the baby. It is diluted and is very easy for the baby to digest. It is also very nutritious and is good for the baby. This is enough for the baby to last for a few days until the milk starts to kick in and flow easily.

You will find that the colostrum produced is a little small in quantity. Do not get worried, as the baby is too small to have very much at one time. You will definitely be feeding the baby enough to satisfy his hunger.