Posted by: babybumper | September 15, 2010

Liquid Gold- Concentrated Colostrum matches Newborn Stomach

Colostrum is the initial milk for a bambino; so invaluable and scarce, colostrum has been ‘coined’ liquid gold. It is thick yellow milk, chock-full of the nutrients needed for a hardy baby the beginning days of life.

Have a look-see at this short video to see what colostrum looks like.

Many moms (especially Hispanic moms) have a faulty feeling that they do not produce enough milk for the baby the first few days. It is true that a mom has a very low volume of colostrum. How much milk does a newborn need? Check out these stats:

On day 1 of birth, the stomach capacity of a newborn is 1 teaspoon, or 5 ml, and it does not stretch to hold more! The low volume of colostrum fits perfectly with the stomach capacity of the newborn.

By day 3, the newborns stomach has grown to hold about 2 tablespoons (1 oz) at a time. Thus, small frequent feedings are exactly what your newborn needs.

At the end of the 1st week of life, the stomach is significantly larger, about ¼ of a cup, or 2 oz. By this point in time the mother’s milk has changed into mature milk, and there is much more volume available.

During a healthy pregnancy a mommy’s body provides the precise nutrients needed by her little one. After delivery this function is continued through breastfeeding. Although the volume of milk is very small the first few days, this is by design, as the munchkin has an itty-bitty stomach capacity.

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Responses

  1. I find it so sad to hear Moms who felt like they were inadequate to feed their babies — not enough milk being a huge fear — when what was really needed was just a little education and/or support.
    Keep up the good work!

  2. So true! It would be terrible to starve your baby! And breastfeeding is so hard to measure! It is a confidence game… I am working on some posts about How to tell your baby is getting enough milk. There are many ways!!

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  4. […] Colostrum is a crucial step toward maturity for the newborn’s digestive system. Directly after birth, a baby is ready to make the progression of feeding from the placenta, to feeding colostrum from the breast. Colostrum addresses several points of vulnerability the newborn has at birth. […]

  5. […] Thus, they have not developed any immunities and are dangerously vulnerable to infection. Colostrum, however, is full of Special Forces for the health of the helpless […]

  6. […] Breasts begin to produce milk […]


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