Colostrum is the baby’s first breast milk. It is very important to begin to breastfeed the first hour after delivery. In the first half hour of birth, the babies sucking reflex is strong and the baby is more alert therefore, it is an ideal time to breastfeed. It is important to establish a good breastfeeding pattern within the first few days, which is crucial to begin your breastfeeding journey.
Colostrum (known colloquially as beestings, bisnings or first milk) is the first form of milk produced by the mammary glands of mammals (including many humans) immediately following delivery of the newborn. Most species will generate colostrum just prior to giving birth. Colostrum contains antibodies to protect the newborn against disease. In general, protein concentration in colostrum is substantially higher than in milk. Fat concentration is substantially higher in colostrum than in milk in some species.
Colostrum protects the baby against diseases. It is lower in fat and higher in proteins. It is the perfect food for the new baby’s digestive system. It also has a laxative effect, helping your baby pass its first stool called meconium. Colostrum also helps clear excess bilirubin, which can help with jaundice.
Colostrum has many immune factors, natural antibodies, providing strong support for the immune system. Additionally, colostrum fights viruses, bacterias, yeasts, fungus, allergens and toxins. Colostrum provides the baby’s body with numerous immune and growth factors.
Colostrum also has vitamins and minerals. They include:
Thiamin (Vitamin B1),
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2),
Glycogen and Retinoic Acid.
The minerals included in Colostrum are:
Colostrum also contains growth factors.
They are :
Growth hormone (GH),
Insulin type growth factor (IGF-1),
Insulin type growth factor (IGF-2),
Transforming growth factor (TGF-alpha),
Transforming growth factor (TGF-beta) and
Secretory IgA which protects the baby from viruses and bacteria is also found in Colostrum. It also protects against E. Coli and other allergies. Other immunoglobulins include IgG, IgD, igE and IgM which also protect against bacterial and viral infections. Lysozyme is an enzyme that protects the infant against E Coli and Salmonella. It promotes the growth of healthy intestinal flora and has antinflammatory functions. Bifidus factor supports the growth of Lactobacillus. Lactobacillus is a beneficial bacteria that protects the baby against harmful bacteria by creating an acidic environment where it cannot survive.
Other Health Related Components of Colostrum are:
Lacto peroxidase-thiocyanate: anti-microbial, Lactoferrin: regulates iron adsorption 20 times more concentrated in colostrum than milk. It is highly antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant.
Health Benefits of Colostrum for your Newborn.
1. Easy to Digest.
2. 2. Boosts the Immunity of the Child.
3. 3. Promotes Healthy Growth and Development.
4. 4. Facilitates First Bowel Movement.
5. 5. Promotes Sound, Sleep.
6. 6. Prevents Stomach Infections.
7. 7. Complete Nutrition.
8. 9. Natural Vaccine.
9. 10. Effective source of Energy.
10. 11. Effective Brain Growth.
In conclusion, breast milk contains fats that are good for the brain development so starting to breastfeed right away in the hospital gets your child off to a great start in life. Therefore, Colostrum is a great start for your baby’s health.
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