Many new moms panic when they expect to see a white milk similar to what you’d buy at the grocery store come out of their breasts after birth…and instead see a sticky, orange-yellow fluid instead.

This is colostrum — the first liquid your breasts produce after birth that contains all the nutrients your babe needs to support its first few weeks of life!

It helps build your baby’s immune system, digestive tract, as well as giving their brain, eyes, and heart the exact nutrients they need to develop.

Expect to see colostrum for the first 2-5 days after birth, when you’ll start to see it mixed with more milk. As your baby’s stomach grows and is able to hold more milk, your colostrum will eventually fade away.

Just one more reason to marvel at the miracle of the human body and trust that it can support your baby’s needs in all ways.