Human Colostrum is the best source of nutrition for a newborn baby, whose digestive system is immature at birth, and colostrum provides nutrients in a concentrated low-volume form.
A pregnant woman's body begins the production of colostrum during the second trimester, in preparation for the baby following their birth.
Colostrum's rich golden colour comes from beta carotene, an antioxidant that boosts the immune system.
Colostrum has high bioavailability increasing a baby’s digestive contractions and assisting the baby’s bowels to pass meconium.
Colostrum’s rich source of antibodies, aides the activation of protective immunological responses in the baby’s digestive system and therefore should be the first food given to infants.
100ml of Colostrum contains :
• 58 calories
• 5.3 g carbohydrates
• 2.9 g fat
• 3.7 g protein
Compared to mature milk, Colostrum is higher in fat, and has less carbohydrates, lipids and potassium.
Providing Colostrum to a premature baby, assists in the prevention of Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC), which affects the baby's bowels, and is the second most common cause of morbidity for premature infants.