Colostrum contains a high amount of protein and less sugar and fat than breast milk. This makes it easier for the baby to digest his first food.
It is also rich in antibodies, which helps protect the baby from getting sick after birth.
What to do when you are experiencing leaking nipples:
- Use breast pads on the breasts – Easiest way to deal with leaking is to use disposable or reusable breast pads to help absorb moisture.
This will also help avoid staining of clothes near the bust area.
- Change the breast pads when moist to prevent having the odour of dried colostrum.
- Opt for lightweight, cotton sleep maternity bras, which are more comfortable than everyday bras.
People generally think that expressing the colostrum by hand helps prepare the breasts for breastfeeding. But this is not necessary. It is a skill that most mothers pick intuitively once the baby is born.
Although this skill will be useful, it is best done after the birth of the baby, when a midwife can help you learn how to express breast milk and store it safely.
However, if the pregnancy is considered to be high risk, as could be the case with diabetic mothers, pregnant women may be advised to collect colostrum before the baby is born.
This is usually recommended only if the baby is going to be premature, or may need special care, or extra help to feed after she is born.
Also, keep in mind never to worry too much about breast leaking. It is normal even during sex or when the breasts or nipples get stimulated. Breast leaking during sex may also be accompanied by uterine contractions. These are normal and are not symptoms of preterm labour. So there is nothing much to worry as it is a common occurrence during pregnancy. This happens as the mother’s body metamorphoses and adapts itself for motherhood.