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postpartum

post·par·tum

/pōstˈpärdəm/

Noun

The recovery phase female body enters after delivery of a newborn. The initial fluid that the newborn ingests is known as colostrum and is filled with nutrient, fats and antibiotics. Colostrum is replaced with milk that is produced by the mother. This can go on for upwards of a year or more, although many women supplement or replace their milk with external sources of formula and eventually solid food.