Posted by: babybumper | September 21, 2010

Colostrum Occupation: Digestive system protection

Breastfeeding Only 3 Days Boosts a Baby’s Immune System

A grownup is a child with layers on. -Woody Harrelson

All of growing up is a progression. From lying, to sitting, to creeping, to crawling, to walking, to running. Check out this baby ecstatically learning to walk!!!

Nutritionally a baby progresses from:

  • In the womb: continuous IV feeding from the placenta
  • With Mom, Skin-to-skin: every 2-3 hours colostrum to breastmilk
  • In a chair: 3 times a day solid food

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.

Strategy #2 Military Occupation
Weakness: Babies are born with a sterile gut, providing the perfect environment for growth of bacteria
Goal: Flood the gut with protective, living organisms

Imagine the flawless newborn, resulting from a healthy pregnancy. The baby has never been exposed to bacteria, has never fought off an infection. The stomach and intestines are sterile. That means, Total bacteria: None.

Imagine now that one bacteria gets in the gut and sets up shop. With unlimited resources, plenty of room to grow, plenty of things to eat, that bacteria has no problem reproducing and taking over. The fact that a newborn is born “perfect,” and sterile, actually creates a weakness in a world full of microorganisms and pathogens.

Colostrum encourages healthy bacteria to settle in the digestive tract. It is “probiotic” (like yogurt) and competes with harmful bacteria for resources. Your house is much easier to break into, watch TV, eat from the fridge, if you are not home. If your home is occupied, it provides a measure of protection against enemies. Likewise, if a gut is flooded with healthy microorganisms, villain-organisms cannot grow, develop, and infect.  The defensive strategy employed is to Occupy the area with allies, so the foe cannot thrive.

Colostrum is a critical step in the development of a healthy newborn. In the first few days after birth, it promotes an environment flourishing with healthy bacteria, so that disease-causing agents cannot easily survive.

Check out this post from yesterday about the guarding power of colostrum, and watch for a post tomorrow about its specialized design for the health of a newborn.



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