The first weeks: Why breast milk is liquid gold

Your first breast milk, called colostrum, is nicknamed ‘liquid gold’. Watch our video to find out why it’s so precious for your baby and how it changes over the weeks to come

The first weeks: Why breast milk is liquid gold

Discover the secrets of colostrum, the first breast milk you produce. Find out why it is called ‘liquid gold’, and how it nourishes and protects your vulnerable newborn by helping to fight infection and promote development. And what happens as your colostrum turns into transitional milk? We’ll tell you how often you can expect to be feeding, and how much your baby’s tiny stomach will grow in just one week.


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