Body Functions Pregnancy: Colostrum

ANSWER “So colostrum is a precursor to breast milk, it usually starts developing in your body, actually around 20 weeks of pregnancy, and then by the time you’re ready to have your baby, both of your breasts are usually full of colostrum. So that when baby comes out, you could go ahead and get baby right on the breast. What it does is it helps line the Gi tract to protect it. It’s very caloric dense and full of wonderful nutrients. And you know, your baby’s tummy is only the size of a marble, so it doesn’t need a whole lot and it’s really thick. So they don’t need a ton of colostrum, but it will help them be prepared so that when your milk comes in, they can handle it.”