I’m sure you’ve heard before that breastmilk is referred to as “Liquid Gold”. If not and you are new to breastfeeding I will explain it to you below. First of all, breastfeeding has been going on for centuries. It is so healthy and popular that there are books written about it. Both mothers and babies benefit from breastfeeding. There are even mother’s that are unable to breastfeed who will allow another woman to “wet nurse” their baby. The health benefits involved in breastfeeding and breastmilk are endless.
Where It All Begins
Let’s take a look at where it all starts. How amazing is it that a pregnant mother is able to produce breastmilk before her baby is born. During pregnancy a mother’s body is already working on producing breastmilk for when her baby arrives. The first and most important breastmilk produced is called Colostrum. Colostrum itself is referred to “liquid gold”. It is a yellow and milky fluid and contains very healthy nutrients and antibodies that a newborn baby needs. It builds a baby’s immunity and helps their body to adapt to the outside world.
Breastmilk Changes In Consistency
As a baby grows older a mother’s breastmilk changes in quality and quantity. It adapts to the needs of the nursing baby. Breastmilk is really something miraculous. If a baby is very hungry and he needs more breastmilk than usual, the mother will produce more milk according to the baby’s needs. If the baby is not so hungry at the time the mother will produce less milk. Your precious baby is in charge of your breastmilk.
Antibodies Against Colds and Flu
Now for the very interesting part. Breastmilk heals. Breastmilk is “liquid gold” because it protects babies from diseases and viruses. A nursing baby sends signals via their saliva through their mother’s milk cueing what they need. For example, if a baby is catching a flu the mother’s milk will produce antibodies that will prevent the baby from getting sick. Breastfeeding is also very beneficial for mothers. It releases oxytocin, lowers cholesterol and helps a mother to recover quicker from childbirth.
Breastmilk Changes In Colour
As you continue reading you will notice the endless benefits of breastmilk or “liquid gold”. Every nursing mother has a different colour breastmilk. Breastmilk is mostly white or cream in colour. The colour depends primarily on the mother’s diet. Certain foods, drinks and medications may also change the colour of your breastmilk. Breastmilk can be white, cream or have a blue, pink, green or yellow tint. If you are concerned about the colour, don’t discard it. First check your diet or consult your doctor about it.
Breastmilk Can Be Stored
Another wonderful things about breastmilk is that it can be expressed and used another time. Many working mothers want their babies to still benefit from their breastmilk so they express and store it or send it with their baby to daycare. If the breastmilk is sealed properly it can be kept frozen for months before going off.
What does breastmilk or liquid gold contain? Breastmilk contains a whole lot of very healthy vitamins and minerals, fats, proteins and carbs. It contains vitamin a, b, c, d, e, k, riboflavin, niacin and panthothenic acid. All of this is very beneficial for babies.
Other Breastmilk Uses
Other than nursing a baby, breastmilk has plenty of other uses.
* Colds and flu
* Ear and eye infections
* Rashes, cuts, burns and stinging
* Sore throat
* Natural moisturizer
* Soothes cracked nipples and mamy more…
If you are a breastfeeding mom you can be proud of yourself because you are providing your baby with only the best.