The most amazing thing about breast milk (besides the fact that your body automatically produces it) is that it contains the exact nutrients your baby needs when he or she needs it.
- Colostrum is the beginner milk that is produced before your milk officially comes in during the first two to four days.
- Often a yellow or clear color, this type of milk is extremely high in protein, easy to digest and loosens the mucous in your baby.
- It also serves as a laxative to clear the intestinal tract and contains infection-fighting antibodies.
- Once your breast milk comes in, the initial milk your baby will get at each feeding is called foremilk.
- It’s thin, watery and often has a blue hue to it.
- Composed of mostly 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 or store right now, but we’ll cover that in future weeks.