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salty colostrum? 
23rd-Jul-2010 02:56 am [colostrum]
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Is colostrum supposed to be salty?

I'm 32 weeks pregnant and, **TMI ALERT**, I tasted my colostrum the other day (hey, I was curious). Anyway, it was like YUCK, SALTY! Is this normal, or am I broken?

Is my newborn going to reject me? :(
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23rd-Jul-2010 07:03 am (UTC)
I don't think you are broken, but remember for a moment that your fingers do exude sweat and that can be salty and be throwing you off. That said, colostrum is thick and fatty, hardly a sweet treat. And it will change in composition when your baby is born due to hormone changes in your body. You have nothing to worry about I am sure
23rd-Jul-2010 07:08 am (UTC)
I had just gotten out of the shower, so I'm pretty sure it wasn't sweaty finger I was tasting, but that is something I didn't consider...

I guess newborn won't know the difference anyway, will he? I do hope it tastes better after he's born, though, for his sake. Because seriously, it was not good.

Thanks for the reassurance!
23rd-Jul-2010 07:13 am (UTC)
as your body gears up for birth the composition will change then too. Your body is constantly tinkering with it at the mo. Its just practising. When it gets the cues that its the real thing it will produce it in earnest and containing all the things your babe needs. It will taste right to baby I assure you.
23rd-Jul-2010 07:04 am (UTC)
Hey, it's coming from your body, why shouldn't you taste it? LOL. I'd be interested to hear what others say; I'm not yet pregnant, but I always wondered what colostrum tasted like.
23rd-Jul-2010 07:10 am (UTC)
Glad to know not everyone will think I'm a weirdo for tasting my stuff. I figured if my kid had to eat it, I could at least ~try~ it first. :)
23rd-Jul-2010 07:16 am (UTC)
"Although we find it palatable, it can be unpleasant to some individuals. Partially defatted colostrum has a stronger flavor similar to buttermilk. Filtered colostrum has a very flat flavor that is quite unpalatable. Because of its flavor, we only offer it in encapsulated form."

http://www.marysgarden.com/colostrum/colostrum_faq.htm#what%20is%20colostrum

It does say it will be unpleasant to some individuals...
23rd-Jul-2010 09:47 am (UTC)
Hahaha! I just did this the other day, too! :)
Mine tasted like.... well... kinda a slimey nothing! I've tasted my SIL's breast milk before (prepping a bottle and instinctively licked my hand when some spilled on it w/o realizing what I was doing) & I didn't find that appetizing, but my niece sure did, so I can only assume that our bodies figure it out and put out what they're supposed to! :)
23rd-Jul-2010 10:53 am (UTC)
Mine is very salty as well. I think it will change when our babies come :-)
23rd-Jul-2010 12:25 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's normal. It's a perfect food for a newborn, but others may find it unpleasant. This is why many nursing toddlers will self-wean during a mother's pregnancy when the breastmilk they are used to changes to colostrum for the new baby.
23rd-Jul-2010 01:20 pm (UTC)
That makes total sense!

To the OP - Your babe will be more interested in just doing that sucking reflex than anything else. I've tasted my breastmilk before and it had an interesting taste that wasn't salty. It was sweet and... something else I can't describe. :)
23rd-Jul-2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
yup, it tastes very salty!
23rd-Jul-2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
Mine is salty too.

This past week I realized that I was making colostrum. I showed my husband the night I noticed (hey, they WORK!) and the next day I got curious and tasted it. When I told my husband it was salty he laughed and told me that he wondered how many days it would be before I tasted it. If I'm going to feed it to my kid you'd better believe I'm going to taste it!
23rd-Jul-2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
I read somewhere that babies don't have the "salt" tastebud til they are 6mos old..
23rd-Jul-2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
Normal, and I am hoping this will encourage my 2 year old to wean before #2 arrives!
23rd-Jul-2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
Mine is very salty. Normal.
24th-Jul-2010 06:46 am (UTC)
Haha, I'm always tempted to taste it as well but haven't yet had the nerve! I'm very glad others have taken the plunge! ^_^
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