Colostrum provides all the nutrients and fluid that your newborn needs in the early days, as well as many substances to protect your baby against infections. Its color and thickness are due to the fact that it is higher in these protective factors. Compared with more mature human milk, colostrum is also higher in protein, slightly lower in sugar, and significantly lower in fat.
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.
ONE of the most joyful experiences in life is when we welcome a baby into this world. Most mothers delight in the experience of nurturing, cuddling, and breastfeeding their little ones. At birth, your baby is dependent on you for almost every single aspect of his life and survival — he cannot walk as his central nervous system has not fully matured nor can he talk as his brain is still developing.
This is a time of changes for how teenagers think, feel, and interact with others, and how their bodies grow. Most girls will be physically mature by now, and most will have completed puberty. Boys might still be maturing physically during this time.
My friend Marina attaches the suction cup of the breast pump to her nipple and presses the button. The mechanical noise from the pump mixes with the sounds of advertising executives having lunch. Marina has a two-year-old daughter who's starting to wean, and I've come by her office to have lunch with her and drink some of her breast milk.
Parenting teenagers can be very challenging and stressful on all levels of the matter. My teenagers, as well as all teenagers on this planet, will deal with hormones, mood swings, wanting independence, and being an adult. All teens need to know that there is consistency when it comes to discipline and consequences.
If you think your breasts finished growing when you were a teenager, think again! Apart from buying maternity bras, you may not have given much thought to your breasts during pregnancy. Beneath the surface, however, some dramatic changes are under way. Your breasts are constantly changing from puberty to menopause.
Breast milk is the ideal food for babies. It offers protection that other foods and nourishment cannot provide. Although some babies may be born early and are too small to feed directly from the breast, breast milk is still very important.
I know that the health benefits are undeniable, the physical side effects at times exhausting, but the spiritual and emotional worth like no other. I found myself always either blissfully breastfeeding, or eagerly looking forward to the next time I would get to breastfeed my precious son. I became a woman obsessed, like an anxious little kid looking forward to a trip to the toy store every day.