Human Growth and Development

Birth and Lactation

How does colostrum differ from breast milk?

Colostrum is the first fluid secreted by the mother’s breasts in the first several days after delivery. It is higher in proteins and has less fat than milk. It also contains a high concentration of antibodies that protect the baby from infections until his own immune system matures. A mother produces approximately 3 ounces (100 ccs) of colostrum in a 24-hour period.


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