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I'm a little nervous.
Does my body know I plan 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, which is exactly what your baby needs in the first few days. Like mature breastmilk, it is full of antibodies that protect your baby from infections.

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.

Do You Have Questions About Breastfeeding? Contact Your Local WIC or Call the
Breastfeeding Hotline
Mom and baby