Colostrum is the initial thick breast milk produced within the first few days after delivering the baby. It is packed with nutrients and antibodies to protect the baby from infections.
Colostrum is important to proper growth and function of the newborn’s digestive system.
Breast milk provides all the nutrition a baby needs for the first six months of life. It is generally more easily digested than formula and contains a form of iron that is better absorbed by the baby.
Benefits of breastfeeding for baby include decreased risk of asthma, allergies, ear infections, digestive problems, and respiratory infections. Research also shows that breastfeeding may reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, type 2 diabetes, childhood leukemia and childhood obesity.
Benefits of breastfeeding for mothers include decreased bleeding after delivery and decreased risk of postpartum depression. Research also shows a decrease in health risks such as type 2 diabetes, breast cancer and ovarian cancer. In addition, breastfeeding offers good bonding time with baby. Breastfeeding is also economical (free!), instantly available and always the right temperature for baby.