first period after pregnancy
Colostrum, the yellowish ‘first milk’ produced from the second trimester of first period after pregnancy is an antibody rich immune booster and has often been called ‘baby’s first immunisation’. Colostrum helps to activate early immunological responses in your baby’s gut, promoting the development of normal gut flora and preventing the growth of harmful bacteria. It also increases peristalsis, helping the newborn to pass meconium. This reduces the reabsorption of bilirubin and the potential ...to develop jaundice if bilirubin levels become elevated.
In perfect circumstances, colostrum should be every newborn’s first feed, however there are medical conditions and issues for some mothers and babies that may mean infant formula is offered to newborns. For instance, babies of mothers with diabetes are particularly at risk of hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) in the first few hours after birth so although colostrum can be useful in this period to stabilize your baby’s blood sugar levels, these babies are often given formula.
One way to see that your baby is less likely to be offered formula in this important newborn period, is to express and store colostrum during the last weeks of pregnancy.
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