Is my body ready to breastfeed?
Your body has been preparing to breastfeed throughout your entire pregnancy. In the fourth month of pregnancy, your breasts started producing colostrum, the first milk for your baby.

Colostrum is a thick milk that is clear and colorless or yellowish. It is high in protein and antibodies that protect your baby from infections, which is exactly what your baby needs in the first few days.

Colostrum also helps your baby pass the dark, tarry stools he will have in the first day or two. This reduces his chance of jaundice. Nurse your baby often in the first few days so he’ll get plenty of colostrum.

Colostrum is a miracle food!

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1. Is my body ready to breastfeed?
2. How do I know when my baby is hungry?
3. How should I hold my baby when I feed him?
4. What is Laid-back breastfeeding?
5. My breasts feel too full. Do I have too much milk?
6. How can I tell if my baby is getting enough to eat?
7. How do I know my baby is full?
8. How do I feed my sleepy baby?
9. Do I have too little milk?
10. Engorgement and Plugged Ducts
11. Do I have flat or inverted nipples?
12. Sore nipples
13. How do I calm my fussy baby?
14. Calming a Colicky Breastfed Baby
15. Breastmilk Storage and Collection
16. How should I care for myself after my baby is born?
17. How do I know when to call my doctor?
18. Vitamin D and Breastfeeding
19. What are my rights as a breastfeeding mother?
20. Will I spoil my baby if I pick him up when he cries?
21. What if my family doesn't support breastfeeding?