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Is colostrum enough to fill up a newborn at first?

Will my baby be satisfied at all even though my milk hasn't come in fully?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:38 PM on Feb. 17, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • It is the BEST thing for the baby... your baby technically doesnt get hungry hungry for two days after birth.. As long as he/she is getting the colostrum she will be perfectly fine...

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:39 PM on Feb. 17, 2009

  • Yes, its filled with nutrients, fats, and anti-bodies and is PLENTY for your baby.

    Your baby is really hungry for a day or two after birth. Trust me, your body knows EXACTLY what its doing.

    Answer by .Peaches. at 9:40 PM on Feb. 17, 2009

  • ditto to the 1st answers. Its all your baby needs. Even if youre not breastfeeding you should give your baby these awesome nutrients that can't be replicated in formula.

    Answer by MamaChamp at 9:42 PM on Feb. 17, 2009

  • Of course it is, if it wasn't, your body would produce milk right away instead of it. But it's nutrient rich. ;)
    You might think baby isn't getting enough, but there tummies are TINY!!!
    They don't need more than you're giving them.

    Answer by mrseum at 9:46 PM on Feb. 17, 2009

  • Colostrum is all you need to feed the baby until your milk comes in. The baby has enough fat stores to survive a few days with only colostrum. :)

    Answer by celticreverie at 9:50 PM on Feb. 17, 2009

  • Good answers above and through your own reading of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. A LeLeche League support group with local phone numbers can be a real comfort, too.

    Answer by elizapark at 9:50 PM on Feb. 17, 2009

  • From

    "A 1 day old baby's stomach capacity is about 5-7 ml, or about the size of a marble. Interestingly, researchers have found that the day-old newborn's stomach does not stretch to hold more. Since the walls of the newborn's stomach stays firm, extra milk is most often expelled (spit up). Your colostrum is just the right amount for your baby's first feedings!"


    "it is extremely important to breastfeed your newborn at least 8-12 times each 24 hours, and more often is even better. This allows your baby to get all the benefits of the colostrum and also stimulates production of a plentiful supply of mature milk"


    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 10:02 PM on Feb. 17, 2009

  • Colostrum is the best thing for the baby!

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:26 PM on Feb. 17, 2009

  • yes and its what you will give him for the first couple of days until your milk comes in...

    Answer by calliesmommie at 11:00 PM on Feb. 17, 2009

  • i agree with all above and will add that one of the other really big benefits of breastfeeding very often during those first two days is strengthening their jaw muscles and all those muscles associated with suckling.

    Answer by rachelo at 11:02 PM on Feb. 17, 2009

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