Colostrum is a form of milk produced by mammals the first couple days after giving birth. It differs in appearance and chemical makeup from milk produced later by having a higher concentrations of antibodies, protein, and fat. In addition to colostrum providing the neonate with concentrated nutrition, its natural anti-microbial agents stimulate the maturation of the infant’s immune system.
Powdered colostrum, usually obtained from cows, is a nutritional supplement.
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