Colostrum and its benefits for Babies

Contributed by : Asha Lalwani   
Colostrum and its benefits for Babies

Colostrum has multiple benefits for a baby's health and should be the first food give to a baby after birth.

The first yellow milk (fluid) produced in the breasts is called colostrum. It is the first stage of breast milk production. Colostrum is thicker than your usual breast milk. Colostrum/yellow milk lasts until the transitional phase or mature milk is produced i.e. till the second or fifth day after the birth. Colostrum is like a child’s first immunisation, it is full of antibodies, white blood cells and other immune properties.

Benefits of Colostrum for the baby are:

Builds a strong immune system.

Creates a tough layer on baby’s stomach and intestines to fight with germs that cause illness.

It serves as a laxative that helps your baby pass the first dark stool/poop.

Prevents jaundice.

It is a perfect blend of nutrients to make the child’s brain, eyes and heart strong.

Prevents low blood sugar in newborns.

A baby should take 1-4 tablespoons of colostrum per day.

Note: Do not give honey or any other food substance during birth, the first yellow milk is a great source of nutrition.

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