Leaking Colostrum: Is This the Same Milk I'll Feed my Baby?

I have been told that I may leak a bit of milk from my breasts at the end of pregnancy. Is this the same milk that will feed my new baby?

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Colostrum, often referred to as "liquid gold," the first milk your baby receives, is chock full of nutrition and immune-boosting properties. Your body will produce colostrum for your new baby during her first three to four days of life, transitioning into mature milk by the time she is about two weeks old.

Typically around the fourth or fifth month of pregnancy a woman's breasts begin to produce colostrum, in preparation for the birth of their baby. Some mothers do notice that colostrum is present much earlier in their pregnancy. Other moms-to-be may never notice any colostrum during pregnancy, leading some of them to become concerned. It's important to remember that breast changes do not occur at the same time for every pregnant woman.

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