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BREASTFEEDING BENEFITS

Breastfeeding helps your baby be stronger and healthier and it helps you too!

Breastfeeding:

  • Aids healing

  • Lowers risks of developing type 2 diabetes

  • Lowers risks of developing certain types of breast cancer

  • Lowers risks of developing ovarian cancer.

Nursing Newborn

BENEFITS TO BABY

Breastmilk contains antibodies* and hormones* that are key to protecting your baby from diseases and illness. Your breastmilk is unique and adapts to fit your baby’s needs.

BREASTMILK COLOR CHANGES OVER TIME

FIRST MILK - DARK YELLOW

In the first 2-5 days after giving birth, you will make your first milk called colostrum.  This milk is often called "liquid gold" because of its high nutritional value, thick consistency, and deep yellow color.

TRANSITIONAL MILK - YELLOW / WHITE

During the transition period starting a few days after you've produced colostrum, breast milk increases and the color typically changes from yellow to white.

MATURE MILK (FOREMILK) - CLEAR/BLUISH

When the mature milk begins to flow out of your breasts at the beginning of a feeding or pumping session, it can look bluish/clear.

MATURE MILK (HINDMILK) - CREAMY/WHITE

As you continue to pump or breastfeed, the fat content in your breast milk turns into creamier milk called hindmilk.

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COLOSTRUM "Liquid Gold"

In the first trimester your body starts producing  a yellow, watery premilk, called colostrum. It is the fluid that sometimes leaks from your breasts during pregnancy.

 

In the first 2-5 days after giving birth, you will make this milk. This milk is called liquid gold because of its high nutritional value, thick consistency, and deep yellow color. Colostrum helps your baby grow and is very high in antibodies!