What Is Colostrum

Colostrum is a yellowish, viscous solution that contains more than nutrients; it also contains immune factors. These immune factors include antibodies and other factors that can help boost an infant's developing immune capabilities. Since the infant's digestive tract is unused during pregnancy, it is relatively immature at birth and will take the first few months after birth to develop. Many of the immune factors present in colostrum pass through the infant's immature digestive tract wall intact and enter the blood. The immune factors in colostrum are believed to contribute to the fewer lung and intestinal infections observed in breastfed infants than formula-fed infants. Further, factors in breast milk seem to promote the formation of a healthy colon bacteria population, since an infant's digestive tract is also born sterile (without bacteria).

Colostrum is produced during the first days post-birth and is rich in nutrient for early immunity.

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