The most amazing thing about breast milk (besides the fact that your body automatically produces it, whether you want it or not!) is that it contains the exact nutrients your baby needs when he or she needs it.
- Once your breast milk comes in, the initial milk your baby will get at each feeding is called foremilk.
- Often a yellow or clear color, this type of milk is extremely high in protein, easy to digest and loosens the mucus in your baby.
- It also serves as a laxative to clear the intestinal tract and contains infection-fighting antibodies.
- Colostrum is the beginner milk that is produced during the first two to four days before your milk officially comes in.
- It’s thin, watery and often has a blue hue to it.
- Composed mostly of water, foremilk is designed to quench your baby’s thirst before the hearty hindmilk comes in.
- Hindmilk automatically starts flowing several minutes after the foremilk, providing your baby with the fat and nutrients needed for adequate weight gain.
- Thicker and creamier, hindmilk will help your baby feel full, satisfied and calm.
Pumping and Storing
There’s no need to pump and store right now as your milk supply is being established, because the more you pump, the more you produce. We’ll cover that in future weeks.