Breastfeeding gives your baby more than just good nutrition. It also provides important substances to fight infection. Breastfeeding has medical and psychological benefits for both of you. Like anything new, breastfeeding takes some practice and with good support can be achieved.
Breastmilk is produced naturally by women and provides the basic nutrition for a baby during the first several months of life. Breast milk has three different and distinct stages: colostrum, transitional milk, and mature milk. Visit with a Lactation Consultant to learn more about breastfeeding and breast milk.
Colostrum is the first stage of breast milk that occurs during pregnancy and lasts for several days after the birth of the baby. It is either yellowish or creamy in color. It is also much thicker than the milk that is produced later in breastfeeding. Colostrum is high in protein, fat-soluble vitamins, minerals, and immunoglobulins. Immunoglobulins are antibodies that pass from the mother to the baby and provide passive immunity for the baby. Passive immunity protects the baby from a wide variety of bacterial and viral illnesses. Two to four days after birth, colostrum will be replaced by transitional milk.
Transitional milk occurs after colostrum and lasts for approximately two weeks. The content of transitional milk includes high levels of fat, lactose, water-soluble vitamins, and contains more calories than colostrum.
Mature milk is the final milk that is produced. 90% is water, which is necessary to maintain hydration of the infant. The other 10% is comprised of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats which are necessary for both growth and energy. There are two types of mature milk: foremilk and hind-milk.
Foremilk: This type of milk is found during the beginning of the feeding and contains water, vitamins, and protein.
Hind-milk: This type of milk occurs after the initial release of milk and contains higher levels of fat, and is necessary for weight gain.
Both foremilk and hind-milk is necessary when breastfeeding to ensure the baby is receiving adequate nutrition and will grow and develop properly. You might alos be interested in taking a supplement that helps deliver vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are important for healthy and plentiful breastmilk production.
Breast-feeding classes at Self Regional Healthcare:
Learn everything you need to know to establish a successful breastfeeding relationship with your new baby. This information-packed class covers how to get started, returning to school or work, weaning and much more. Classes are from 7-8 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month and from 1-2 p.m. the second Monday of each month. All classes are located in the Women’s Center Library. Free.
A Mother’s Touch From Self Regional Healthcare:
Are you planning to breastfeed? At Self Regional Healthcare, we are committed to helping you learn — before and after delivery — how to develop a successful breastfeeding relationship with your new baby. We invite you to discuss your needs and preferences with our staff so we can better assist you in meeting your breastfeeding goals. A Mother’s Touch offers a variety of Medela electric breastpumps. All of our products are sold at competitive prices for your benefit. In addition to breastfeeding supplies, we also rent the Symphony double electric hospital grade breastpumps on a monthly basis.
The store opens only upon request. For appointment and/or pricing information, call: (864) 725-5015 to speak with Brandi Thomas RN, BSN, IBCLC, RLC.
Other Breastfeeding information:
Birth Connection will be offering classes soon.