Colostrum is the first breast milk produced & secreted by a mother after delivery of a baby. It is a thick and yellowish sticky fluid which is different from normal breast milk. Colostrum continues to secrete for 2 to 4 days.
It is rich in protein and contains B12. It contains antibodies which increases the immune system of the baby and helps to protect and fight against infections. And therefore Colostrum is also known as the first vaccine for babies.
Colostrum has many benefits to the newborn like, immunizing the baby against infections, it helps to clear first dark stools, helps to prevent chances of jaundice, provides complete nutrition to brain, eyes and heart for overall growth & development and it is easily digestible.
Mother’s body produces colostrum for about 2 to 4 days after birth. Afterwards, transitional milk takes over which happens to be the mixture of colostrum and mature milk. In a couple of weeks supply of milk increased to meet the baby's requirement wherein regular breast milk comes.
Since Colostrum has the right amount of nutrition properties and has super benefits to a newborn, mothers should not miss to feed unless there are any medical reasons for which the baby is kept away. Still, parents can talk to doctors so any possible arrangements can be made and also proper guidance can be received about breastfeeding positions.