By Kasee Bailey
Apr 20, 2018
Moms: give yourself a big pat on the back. You’re doing great.
Transition to motherhood (or continuing to grow your family) is no small task, and you’ve likely developed some feelings of apprehension about being able to take care of and provide for your baby. (We understand!)
Don’t worry. Believe it or not, your body is already clued in to the task ahead — after all, it’s had nine months of prep time — and is ready to take on the challenge.
By now, you’ve researched the virtues of mom’s milk, heralded as the perfect diet for your little one. But there’s more.
Upon delivering your little bundle of joy, your breasts first release colostrum (which you’ve actually been producing since mid-pregnancy), a rich, sticky, clear or yellow substance — which has earned it the rep of “liquid gold” — a precursor to your breastmilk. This protein-packed fluid truly is invaluable — as far as your baby’s nutrition is concerned.
Colostrum is often overlooked, but remains a vitally important substance for your infant. While colostrum can be produced by moms during their pregnancies, it’s not until after the delivery of the placenta that hormonal shifts in your body encourage lactation and release of colostrum, which allows baby to begin feeding immediately after birth. As your baby’s first food, it provides the nutrients and nourishment your baby needs. Better yet, this potent vitamin filled fluid is tailored to your baby uniquely.
Colostrum boasts an impressive resume of health benefits for baby. Here’s a sampling:
So mamas, it’s time to give yourself a break. And a round of applause. Your body knows your baby.