Colustrum

I have a broodmare who is due any day now, and I had a question about her. She's been waxed up for well over a week, and today her milk is coming out in a steady stream. I'm worried that she might lose to much of her milk. Is there anything ...I have a broodmare who is due any day now, and I had a question about her. She's been waxed up for well over a week, and today her milk is coming out in a steady stream. I'm worried that she might lose to much of her milk. Is there anything ...

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Dr. Lowder:

Hi, I have a broodmare who is due any day now, and I had a question about her. She’s been waxed up for well over a week, and today her milk is coming out in a steady stream. I’m worried that she might lose to much of her milk. Is there anything I can do because I know how important that first milk is to the foal?

Thanks
Aimee Wheeler

Dear Aimee,
Although it may seem like a lot, it’s likely that there will be enough first milk (colostrum) for your foal. The colostrum is very important for the foal as it provides your foal with its first immunity. Have your veterinarian perform a foal check right after birth to check her immunity levels. If she has not received enough colostrum and passive immunity, she can be given supplementation in the 12 hours after birth.

Thank you,
Dr. Lowder