Why Colostrum is 'Enough'

Updated: Feb 24, 2020

“I need to give top-ups, my milk hasn’t come in yet and my baby is ravenous”- Mother of baby at 24hrs

A common emotion to feel and frequently heard by maternity workers. But is she ravenous though? Is she really?


You see a newborn human infant (and we are talking a full term, healthy baby in the first 24-48 hrs of life here) isn’t born 'hungry' as such. That would, evolutionarily speaking, be a really bad idea!


Cave Baby: “Hello! Where am I? What’s going on???”

Cave Mummy: “Oh my! You must be starving, we must get you feeding straight away”

Cave Daddy: “Er... I think we’