With all the house lights and wreaths and poinsettias everywhere, it's starting to look a lot like Christmas!
But today I was introduced to the wacky world of what a body goes through to nurture a baby in the womb.
Yep, never heard of such term but had to go to Dr Google and edu-macate myself. There is nothing I can write about this topic as I'm not knowledgable on the subject - it's kinda nuts. Wife and I were a bit freaked out about the whole thing actually.
Here's the skinny on this essential new symptom in the business of making babies:
Posted on 30. Nov, 2011 by Danielle Buffardi in Breastfeeding, Doctor's Visits, Labor & Delivery,newborn, Pregnancy Education
But perhaps you aren’t aware of a special milk that comes into play early in your breastfeeding.
Throughout your pregnancy, your body has been busy creating a human and also getting your breasts ready to nourish your little one. In turn, this process will allow for a sort of ‘liquid gold’ to be fed to your little one should you choose to breastfeed. This early milk is known as colostrum.
It is made throughout your pregnancy while your child is still in utero and it continues to be made and makes itself available for the first few days while you’re breastfeeding. It’s color will be that of a yellowish-orange and it will be on the thicker side and sticky.
Colostrum contains high contents of carbs, proteins, and antibodies to help keep your newborn at their healthiest and it’s also super easy for your baby’s tummy to digest – thus making it one of the greatest first meals for your infant.
Colostrum only lasts for the first few days of breastfeeding but its benefits are enormous. It acts as a natural laxative for your baby, helping him to pass his stools which contain excesses of bilirubin. Expelling bilirubin early helps aid in preventing jaundice.
Colostrum also hosts the ability to work as an organic and totally natural vaccine for your baby. While your baby was developing, he received an antibody called IgG through your placenta. Of all the antibodies, it’s IgG that is able to cross over into the baby’s placenta to help protect him. But now that you have welcomed your child into the world, should you choose to breastfeed, your milk will contain an antibody called IgA. It’s this new substance that will help to ward off sickness for your newborn. Your baby will receive this new antibody through your breastmilk.
Your colostrum will also help with your infant’s gastrointestinal tract. A newborn’s intestines are extremely porous, and colostrum helps to cork the passageways of the digestive track with a barrier of sorts which aids in preventing foreign substances from upsetting that tiny tummy.
Lastly, colostrum contains high concentrations of protective white blood cells known as leukocytes. It is these leukocytes that protect the body from microorganisms that can cause diseases and bacteria.
Colostrum will gradually change to mature milk during the first couple of weeks following the birth of your baby. However, as long as you continue to breastfeed, your child will receive an exceptional concoction of nourishment.
If you wish to learn more about the benefits of breastmilk and colostrum, you can check out Le Leche League International. Also, take your questions to your doctor or midwife and listen to their suggestions and information. The more informed you are, the better start you will give your baby.
So thanks to Pregnancy Corner for the following editorial.
Just when I thought I knew it all in this journey.
There’s no way to stop the colostrum from leaking during your pregnancy. Many women experience it throughout pregnancy, specifically during sexual arousal and breast massages. Other women have said to experience leakage when they hear a baby cry. Early in pregnancy, colostrum is thick and yellowish in color, and as child birth approaches, it turns nearly colorless.
During the later part of your pregnancy, you may see an increase in colostrum leakage. This too is normal as your body prepares for delivery. Newborn babies have very small digestive systems after exiting the womb. Colostrum provides key nutrients the baby needs in very concentrated, but low- volume forms. Colostrum also has a mild laxative effect, which allows the baby to have its first bowel movement called meconium. Colostrum is rich in antibodies, proteins, Vitamin A and sodium chloride, and contains lower amounts of carbohydrates, lipids, and potassium than normal milk does. This is crucial to the baby’s sensitive digestive system and developing immune system.
After birth, when you begin breast feeding, the sucking the baby does helps to stimulate the body to begin producing milk, plus the sucking also creates a surge of the hormone oxytocin in your body, which helps your uterus contract and shrink down to the size it was before you were pregnant.
Although embarrassing at times, there are a few things you can do to prevent leakage problems from occurring.
Talk with your health care provider about the amount of colostrum you are secreting. Remember that there is nothing you can do to stop the leakage, however you can purchase breast pads to control the problem. There are different types of breast pads, such as disposable or washable. Wearing these pads inside a supportive bra can reduce discomfort you may be feeling with tender breasts, as well as prevent embarrassing moments as you leak colostrum.
Another recommendation your doctor or midwife might have for you is to allow time each day to air dry your breasts. The air provides a natural blockage in the mammary glands that do not stop, but slow down the amount of secretion. Air drying your breasts after a shower is also recommended, as the shower provides ample moisture to your nipples.
Also, if you are leaking colostrum, try not to wear any shirts or blouses that you may love. This can prevent ruining them, which will only upset you more while you’re in your fragile state of mind. Wear clothes you purposely bought for your pregnancy, and invest in breast pads (also called nursing pads).