Colostrum is a milky white fluid produced by the mammary glands of mammals, including humans and cows, in the first few days after giving birth. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘first milk’, as it is produced before the true milk production begins. Bovine or cow colostrum is similar to human colostrum, rich in minerals and vitamins and high in fat for energy. It contains carbohydrate and immune enhancing proteins, as well as growth hormones and enzymes. It’s an important source of nutrients that promote growth, and fight diseases in infants, and so is essential in their first vulnerable days of life.
Some of the proteins found in colostrum are of particular importance, as they have crucial roles to play in helping to fight disease and infection as well as promoting growth. These proteins include lactoferrin, growth factors and antibodies:
Being a naturally produced liquid with its complex biological components, Colostrum, may play a significant role in human healthcare in the future. Besides providing immune support, colostrum has remarkable muscular-skeletal repair and growth capabilities as well as being able to be used to treat or prevent infections of the gastrointestinal tract. When aimed at particular consumer groups, colostrum may have many medical applications including, wound healing with practical implications for trauma and surgical patients. The growth factors found in colostrum may have multiple regenerative effects that extend to all structural body cells.
Colostrum is one of the ingredients of our Lactoferrin A2 extra product.
Please take a moment to read these important messages:
❯ The World Health Organisation recommends that breastfeeding is best for your baby.
❯ Good maternal nutrition is important while breastfeeding. If you are considering bottle-feeding, please seek professional advice as introducing partial or exclusive feeding may impact your supply of breast milk, making it difﬁcult to reverse.
❯ It is sensible to consider the cost of infant formula when making this decision.
❯ When preparing your infant’s formula it is vital to follow our preparation and feeding instructions, as this will ensure your baby’s health.