We all know breastmilk is good for our babies. We’ve heard a million times it gives them the best start in life and is packed full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients – things we are taught are good stuff! The breastfeeding/bottle feeding debate has been done to death basically and that’s definitely not what this is – what I was wondering was what exactly is in that white stuff to make it so good, and something my son craves so much? I thought others might also wonder so I set on the task to find out!
Colostrum – colostrum is that very yellow substance we produce in the first few days of our babies lives. I remember pumping a tiny, not even thimble full, amount of this stuff to send to my son in SCBU and being so very proud of myself! Colostrum is magic stuff tailor made to a newborns needs, it’s gentle low volume form delivers nutrients babies need fully suited to be easily broken down by their immature digestive system. Its a very mild laxative which encourages the passing of stools to rid the newborn baby of any waste products left in its little body from pregnancy, plus extra red blood cells created during birth. Additionally, it is full of antibodies designed to protect babies who are yet to be immunised against nasty diseases.
Mature milk as its called is produced 3-20 days after birth and contains absolutely everything babies need for growth and development. Which is again a bit preachy, so here’s the details
- Fatty acids and poly unsaturated acids
- Carbohydrates – this is the lactose bit!
- Vitamins A,C and D
- Minerals sodium, calcium, phorposus and iron
- Digestive enzymes
- Immune related components
1 ounce of breastmilk contains 22 calories Or, 70 calories per 100 grams.
What does it taste like?
It’s been described by many as tasting pretty much like regular milk but a sweeter and more like vanilla.
And the question everyone seems to wonder is – do cats like breastmilk?! There are stories I’ve found online about little scrawny kittens being saved by breastmilk – whether they are true or not I’m not sure. The most sensible answer I found was breastmilk is tailor made for human, not any animal species. So, although it wouldn’t harm, chances are they probably wouldn’t be keen on it!
How amazing are our bodies, ladies?!