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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.

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!

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.

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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