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The Truth About Colostrum

Colostrum, often referred to as "liquid gold," is nature's remarkable gift to newborns. This precious fluid, secreted by mothers in the initial days after giving birth, is a powerhouse of nutrients and immune-boosting compounds. Rich in antibodies, vitamins, and essential nutrients, colostrum is like a superhero for a newborn's immune system, providing the armor needed to face the world. It's not just a meal; it's a magical potion, its importance extends beyond nutrition, as it helps fortify a baby's fragile immune system, shielding them from infections and setting the stage for a lifetime of health and vitality. Colostrum is a testament to the wondrous complexity of the natural world, reminding us of the awe-inspiring way in which our bodies nurture and protect the next generation.


The best way for a baby to have colostrum is directly from the breast, however if that is not possible due to separation from the Mother or sleepiness then the next best thing is hand expression and collected in a syringe . This can also be performed antenatally from 36/37weeks and frozen, to be given after birth. There is a great video here https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/breastfeeding-resources/hand-expression-video/ that can help you, or give me a call if you are struggling.

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