Whether you are an experienced mother or a first time mommy, it’s almost impossible for you to have complete information about breastmilk, which is also known as Colostrum. In this article, I’m going to try and answer some frequently asked questions about breastmilk — when you start producing it, what it is made of, how the baby starts to accept it and many more.
First off, how does milk start being produced in your breasts?
The flow of nutritious milk from the mother’s breasts begins from a few hours after the birth of your baby to within a few days from it. This ensures that the baby becomes familiar with breastmilk or colostrum.
Okay, but what is the speciality of colostrum?
Colostrum is milk that is produced exclusively for your babies. It is full of nutritious ingredients. It has antibacterial and disease-resistant properties, so it won’t be wrong to say that colostrum is like nectar for the newborn.
Colostrum has a yellow color and is much thicker. In some women, this might even be as thin as water — and that is perfectly fine.
So, how does colostrum begin to occur?
Initially, colostrum comes out slowly. This is because the baby has to get used to sucking on the mom’s breast. The baby learns to hold the mother’s nipple, bite it with its lips and then suck her milk as well as learn how to breathe and gulp the milk.
How does the breast feel after I start producing colostrum?
Around 3 to 4 days after a mom starts breastfeeding the child, her breasts will start feeling better and lighter.
This is an important symptom that shows that the amount of milk is changing and colostrum will now become like normal milk. It looks like regular, cow’s milk. In some women, milk can take longer to become normal. But there is no need to panic because it’s a natural process and it happens to different people at different times.
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