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   March  06, 2014

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Benefits of colostrum for baby:

Colostrum which has also been called the “first milk”, “liquid gold” or “immune milk” is a clear, sticky, thick liquid that is produced by mom’s mammary glands after the first day of her baby’s birth. Colostrum is rich in proteins, carbs, vitamins and minerals, the benefits of colostrum are enormous.

Colostrum is produced in very small amounts for the first four days and then replaced with a lighter thinner liquid (breast milk) Your breasts might start producing colustrum during the last months of pregnancy…but it's also normal for them to start producing it the day your baby is born. Colostrum is a concentrated (high in nutrients) liquid that is made especially for baby’s needs.

Colostrum also contains many antibodies and growth factors. The growth factors promote development of baby’s digestive system and the antibodies promote the immune system. It contains immunoglobulin A, which is an antibody that protects baby against infections of the throat, lungs and intestines. It contains protective white cells which help destroy disease causing bacteria and viruses .Colostrum has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties Colostrum actually works as a natural and 100% safe vaccine. It contains large quantities of an antibody called secretory immunoglobulin A (IgA) which is a new substance to the newborn. Before your baby was born, he received the benefit of another antibody, called IgG, through your placenta. IgG worked through the baby's circulatory system, but IgA protects the baby in the places most likely to come under attack from germs, namely the mucous membranes in the throat, lungs, and intestines.

To those moms who have decided that breastfeeding is something that they will not be doing, at least let your baby breastfeed for the first four days of his life so that he can benefit from the properties in colostrum.

Regards:

SAJID HYDER
BSCN GENERIC
(DUHS) Karachi.
 

 

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