Is this normal? Your milk is perfect. Breast milk is natural, untreated and full of healthy living cells which nurture and protect babies from infections as well as providing the perfect nourishment for the brain, neural cells, eyes and all other essential parts of our babies. It is the perfect combination of vitamins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates and sugars; all at the perfect temperature. The first milk you may have seen is called colostrum; a sticky fluid ranging in colour from clear to deep yellow.
Breastmilk is uniquely superior for infant feeding. It is the normal food for infants from birth. Breastmilk contains all of the essential nutrients, antibodies and other factors important for growth and development. It cannot be replicated. Providing breastmilk has many benefits to both the infant and mother. Mothers benefit from breastfeeding, both in the short term and for their long term health. Breastmilk is also very important for pre-term infants.
Breast milk is the ideal food source that contains all components an infant needs. Infants are at risk of receiving possible pollutants and high levels of trans fatty acids through breast milk that may affect their cardiovascular health and cognitive development. Statistics indicate that the proportion of children who are breastfed up to one year of age shows an annual increase in Latvia.
You may start producing breast milk months or weeks before your due delivery date. One of the first signs that your breasts have started producing milk is that they will become fuller and heavier, and they may even hurt sometimes. During the second trimester, your breasts begin to create colostrum. Colostrum is the first food your breasts produce for your baby. This is normal.