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Mothers milk consists of colostrum, foremilk and hindmilk.

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Colostrum!........ Mother's first milk.
Do you know its importance?

All your breasts produce in the initial few days is colostrum.

  1. Colostrum is produced in small quantity and is very high in nutrition.
  2. Colostrum schedule: On the first day of your delivery, your baby would need and get about a teaspoon of your milk per feed. By the end of the third day, your baby would need about 1 tablespoon per feeding.

    Your new born baby, in his initial few days of life needs very little of this precious colostrum which, being very high in nutrition takes care of all the nutritional needs of your infant.

    Don't misunderstand the small quantity of mothers milk colostrum as lack of adequate milk supply. This much is what the small stomach of your baby needs.

  3. Colostrum is high in anti bodies and gives the initial immunization.
  4. In the first few days of your baby's life, his immune system is not yet matured. Colostrum - the first mothers milk- plays a major role in developing a protective layer of anti bodies in your baby's intestine.

    This layer blocks the entry of harmful bacteria and thus provides immunization until your baby's immune system is fully developed.

  5. Colostrum is easily digested.
  6. Colostrum is low in sugar and high in proteins. This makes it an ideal food for your new born baby.

  7. Colostrum helps prevent Jaundice.
  8. There's an element called meconium which leads to jaundice if not taken out from the body. The colostrum intake helps the baby take out this element in his first stools (Bowels).

    The colostrums thus help prevent the occurrence of Jaundice.

  9. Colostrum is yellowish and creamy.
  10. It is natural for your first milk to be yellowish or sometime clear. It is yellow because it is rich in Vitamin A.

Your ideal Breast Milk: Fore milk and Hind milk.

fore-milk-hind-milk Source: Azoreg

After few days breast milk becomes thicker and the supply also starts settling in. The breast become a bit large, firm and slighly tender.

Your ideal breast milk consist of foremilk and hind milk.

What is difference between Fore milk and hindmilk?

  1. Foremilk is little watery and the
    hind milk is thicker and creamier.
  2. Foremilk:

    • Bluish and Watery
    • High in Milk sugar
    • Low in Fat


    • Thicker and creamier
    • Whitish and not clear
    • High in Fat
    • Low in Milk sugar
    • High in calories.
  3. When the baby starts suckling at your breast it's the foremilk which comes out first.
    After sucking for a little while more, the baby starts getting the hind milk.
  4. Foremilk and hindmilk are not the types of mothers milk. They are just the description of what comes first and what comes later.
    Nowhere this transition of foremilk to hindmilk happens in halfs....however it does happen gradually over the course of breastfeeding.
  5. When the baby starts suckling the full breast, the breast milk starts comming out. Initially though some the fat globules get stuck to the ducts and thats why the milk that comes first - foremilk- carries less fat content.
    As the baby suckles more and more, the breast milk which comes later- hind milk- starts getting richer in fat content. And that's why the hind milk is thicker and creamier.
  6. Foremilk is as necessary for the baby's nutritional need as hindmilk. But foremilk and hindmilk together only contribute well in physical and mental development of your baby.

And that's why it's not advisable to switch breast often during breastfeeding. You should wait for the signals from the baby. Click here to know more about how to breastfeed.

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Benefits of Mothers Milk

The mothers milk come with a list of benefits which extend even till adulthood.

Mothers milk Milk consists of antibodies and enzymes that help in strengthening the immune system. The substance called immunoglobins present in the Breast milk help the breast fed baby fight the allergies and infectious diseases.

Breast Milk helps in preventing your child from

  • Bacterial Meningitis
  • The occurence of this illness may be life-threatening. The bacterial meningitis can affect anyone from new borns to older children. In small children symptoms of this may not be very clear and specific.

    Research has shown that the breast fed babies get the advantage of breastfeeding by getting less prone to this Bacterial disease.

  • Diarrhea
  • Diarrhea is considered common in infants and healthy intake of fluids does the needful. But in records diarrhea happens to be the second most common cause of infant death.

    The oligosaccharide content present in Breast milk protects the infant from Diarrhea.

    Source: Journal of Pediatrics Vol. 145, Issue 3, Pages 297-30

  • Pneumonia
  • Exclusive Breastfeeding eradicates the chances of the new born getting exposed to contaminated foods.

    This ensures a right nutritional intake and prevents the new born getting any acute respiratory infection.

  • Protection against ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease
  • Breastfeeding lowers the risk of inflammatory Bowel Diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease .

    Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 80, No. 5, 1342-1352, November 2004 © 2004 American Society for Clinical Nutrition

  • Gastrointestinal illnesses
  • Another advantage of Breastfeeding is the mystical equation which gets shared by the new borns intestines and flow of Breast milk.

    Breastfeeding provides the protective cover to the infant in its first 6 months of life from the respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses.

    Journal of Pediatrics Vol. 126, Issue 2, Pages 191-197

  • Lower Asthma Rates

  • Exclusive breast-feeding during the first months after birth is associated with lower asthma rates during childhood.

    The effect, caused by immunomodulatory qualities of breast milk, avoidance of allergens, or a combination of these and other factors, strengthens the advantage of breast-feeding, especially if a family history of atopy is present.

    Source:(J Pediatr 2001;139:261-6)

  • Inguinal Hernia

  • Breastfeeding may provide protection against Inguinal Hernia.

    Source: (J PEDIATR 1995; 127:109-11)

  • Lower Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • SIDS commonly referred to as Cot Death or Crib Death refers to the death of an infant which occurs due to unexplainable reasons.

    As SIDS is much unexpected, it is definitely avoidable by Breastfeeding. It gives all the mothers a very valid reason to breastfeed.

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And yet science has established that exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a child's life is the single best strategy for the infant's survival, growth and development.

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