Knowing the 'Million' Benefits of Colostrum

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Although the word "million" impressed hyperbole, but colostrum has long been known to have many benefits. Well, how important is colostrum for the newborn?

Colostrum is the first milk produced after birth and contains many immunoglobulin, antimicrobial chain (lactoferrin and lactoperoxidase) and other bioactive molecules including growth factors.

"To simply characterize colostrum is colostrum liquids such as milk, thick and yellow colored. Usually colostrum is produced at a late stage of pregnancy that already exists immediately after delivery until the 7th day of birth, "go to dr. Johannes Ridwan T. Sugiarto, SpA, DPPS.

Benefits of Colostrum
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Unfortunately, there are many mothers who do not know and understand how the actual formation of colostrum. As a result he did not immediately give colostrum to the baby.

Colostrum Functions


Doctor Johannes said even if the mother is do not give milk to babies, colostrum will remain excluded. As with milk, colostrum is a source of complete nutrition and quality, among others:

- Colostrum is rich in active cell immunity (immunity) of the body, antibodies and other protective proteins. So colostrum provide 'first immunization', protects against many infections. And it certainly helps regulate the development of the infant immune system.

- Substance immunity is the main immunoglobulin can prevent and fight bacteria, viruses, fungi and toxins. Immunoglobulin (IgA) serves as a protective area that is susceptible to bacterial lining of the lungs, intestines and throat. IgA is also beneficial to patch holes in the baby's intestines are not fully formed.

- It contains white blood cells (leukocytes) in large numbers to fight bacteria and viruses.

- Protecting babies from diarrhea because colostrum contains antibodies 10-17 times more than mature milk (mature).

- Colostrum also serves as a complete essential nutrients for the baby.

- Colostrum contains growth factors that help mature the baby's digestive tract to function effectively. So that germs and allergies substances difficult to get into the baby's body.

- Colostrum contains digestive enzymes produced by the body that can not afford a baby, such as protease (to degrade proteins), lipase (for fat outline), and amylase (for carbohydrates decompose). So make colostrum easily digested by the baby's digestive system is not perfect.

- Colostrum stimulates the baby's bowel movements to occur so that meconium (baby's stools are black) are quickly excreted from the bowel. It can overcome the problem of substance in the body that cause yellow baby (bilirubin) or can reduce the excess bilirubin. Excess bilirubin due to the incomplete mechanism of setting the number of red blood cells in the baby's body.

- Colostrum is rich in vitamins A and E that help protect your eyes and reduce infection. In addition, colostrum also contains vitamin B6, B12, C, D and K, and minerals, especially iron and calcium.

- Colostrum also contains some substances such high amounts of sodium, potassium and cholesterol. The combination of these powerful substances for the development of the heart, brain and central nervous system of the baby.

Worth a Look!

- Give colostrum as much and as early as possible or as soon as possible on the first day the baby is born, because it is very beneficial to the baby.

- Do not be surprised if the colostrum that out the first time the amount is very little. This is reasonable because it adapted to the needs of the baby at birth.

- Colostrum provides benefits that are not immediately visible, but essential to the continuation of the baby's life.

- Several studies have shown that administration of colostrum appears when children grew, which grew stronger physically and healthy not only in the early years but throughout manhood. Moreover, it also reduces the chances of contracting gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases, such as asthma.

1 comment:

  1. This is good information for mothers out there.

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