Stages of Breast Milk


Colostrum is the first stage of breast milk that develops during pregnancy. Once your baby is born, it is produced in small amounts for the first few days to match the size of your baby’s stomach. Colostrum is considered to be the “perfect” first food. Most babies do not need additional nutrition during this time. Two to five days after birth, colostrum changes to transitional milk.

  • Commonly called “Liquid Gold”
  • Yellow to clear in color
  • Helps loosen mucous in baby
  • Easily digested
  • Acts as a laxative to help the baby clear his intestinal tract
  • High in protein
  • Contains antibodies and immunities