Breastfeeding

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What is Breastmilk

Your breastmilk changes from minute to minute, day to day, and over the course of a feeding, to meet the changing needs of your growing baby.

Breastmilk has over 200 known ingredients, and these ingredients provide the nutrition and health protection your child needs.

Breastmilk is always changing!
  • The breastmilk your baby drinks at the beginning of a feeding is more watery, and helps to satisfy their thirst. As the feeding goes on your breastmilk changes, gradually becoming thicker.
  • The breastmilk your baby drinks towards the end of a feeding is higher in fat which helps them to feel full.
  • It even tastes different depending on what you eat!
Colostrum
  • The breastmilk your baby will receive in the first days following their birth is called colostrum. 
  • Colostrum is yellow, thick and sticky. It provides all the nutrition a healthy, full term infant needs, and is full of antibodies which help protect your baby from infections and illness.
  • Colostrum is perfectly designed to meet the needs of a newborn baby, and it comes in very small amounts to suit your newborn baby’s small stomach size.
Mature milk
  • Within 2 to 5 days of your baby's birth, the amount of breastmilk your body makes will increase. During this time women often say, "My milk has come in."
  • Mature breastmilk is thinner and whiter (and sometimes even bluish) in colour.

 

To learn more about getting breastfeeding off to a good start, click here.

For more information on breastfeeding and services in Simcoe Muskoka, please contact your health care provider or contact Health Connection by calling 1-705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by email or connect with us wherever you are on Facebook or Twitter.

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