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Colostrum

During pregnancy your body starts creating colostrum as your breasts prepare to nurse your unborn baby. Some women begin leaking colostrum weeks or months before delivery. For first time moms who are unaware of what this is it can be a bit frightening and worrisome until they talk to their doctor or midwife who assure them it is normal. First time moms may start leaking colostrum during the third trimester, while previous mothers may start leaking as early as the second trimester.

colostrum.jpgColostrum is a thick and sticky, yellow to orange colored milk that is created by your breasts to give your baby the nutrition he needs immediately after birth. It is low in fat, high in carbohydrates and has a laxative effect on the baby which helps him pass the first meconium stools that are sitting in his intestines. This also helps get rid of the bile and helps lessen the chance of jaundice in your newborn.

Not only does it provide nutrition, but also contains cells that act as agents in protecting your newborn against germs. The concentration of immune factors is much higher in the colostrum than it is in the later mature milk that your baby will receive when your milk comes in.

It is important if you plan on to nursing to nurse frequently and often during the first few days of your babies life so that your baby not only gets all the colostrum and antibodies he needs, but also so that your milk comes in strong.

Colostrum is also a 100% safe vaccine for your baby. Many parents will refuse to have the eye drops delivered to their babies after birth, and will instead use their colostrum to rub on their babies eyes in hopes of killing bacteria and preventing infection. This vaccine is referred to as immunoglobulin A (IgA) and is different from the immunoglobulin G (IgG) that your baby received from the placenta while you were pregnant. 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.

If you do not start leaking colostrum during your pregnancy, it is not a cause for concern. Not all pregnant women leak before their baby is born and it is not known to have any effect on the success or failure of a mother nursing her newborn.


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9 Responses to “Colostrum”

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    Candice Says:

    I am so Glad to come across this. I am 3 weeks pregnant according to my blood work with my second child.

    I have colostrum and started getting a tad concerned. I never even knew they could pick up so early that someone was pregnant.

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    jasmine Says:

    I have that same issue I have been filling different my stomach is so bloated I look 3 months but if im pregnant I should only be a month and have colostrum leaking from my breast to I also have two kids that if I could remember that same thing happened…

  3. 7
    cece Says:

    I have colostrum coming out of my breast and im only about 1 month and some days what does this men

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    Thea munish Says:

    thanks for good informations, but is it true that thereis new informations on time of phases of breast milk production???????????

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    aity Says:

    I also found dat if I press on or clean my nipples with cotton buds, at about 26 weeks, I wud see colostrum but it doesn’t leak out. I had been told at my class that this could happen so don’t be worried everyone, just be happy. Ur nursing days will soon be here.

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    Kendra Says:

    FINALLY!! Thanks sly for sharing that you had colostrum in your first month .. about a week ago i noticed that if i pushed on my breast colostrum would come out … but i didnt think i was pregant or should i say i didnt suspect i was , i had a baby nine months ago and knew it couldnt be left over breast milk , i wasnt able to breast feed my baby, so i knew that my milk dried up when he was about 2 months old .. i was soo worried that i was sick or something was wrong with me . and right now im just waitting to get the results from so blood work . but knowing that it is possible to have this happen very early on puts me at ease

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    Jacey Says:

    I’m 23 weeks pregnant and started leaking today actually. I was so scared. I called my mom and told her and also added I didn’t think it was suppose to come out until I gave birth and all she said was “the joys of pregnancy”. So I am still worried about it so I looked it up. My man thought I could be going into early labor so that worried me even more and I read aloud what I read on these pages and links and all he said is that is so gross but thank heavens nothing is wrong it is somewhat in th “norm” as Sly says :)
    Thanks!!! :))

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    Bushra Says:

    It’s ok sly & it is a normal phenomenon… my sister had also started leaking colostrum in her 2nd month of pregnancy , when i got pregnant i had’nt leak a single drop during my whole pregnancy. so the thing is different women have different situations in their pregnancy.

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    Sly Says:

    During my first pregnancy, I started leaking colostrum right in the first month.

    Now I’m pregnant for the second time and have colostrum in my first month again.

    I don’t know anybody who might have (or might have had) the same thing happening to them. The only thing I know is that, it’s not because you don’t fall in the “norm” (what society calls “normal”) that it ain’t.

    Normal/Norm only means that the majority of people have the same thing happening to them in the same manner.

    You not falling in the “norm” doesn’t mean it’s not ok. Every person is different and if we would all have the same exact thing happening, life would be pretty boring. So embrace the difference and enjoy your pregnancy ;)

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