Within the amniotic fluid, there are molecules of magical ingredients which help your baby’s cells to grow and be healthy. After your baby swallows these they pass into their intestines. Some are then taken into the body to help cell growth processes. Others are used to create a healthy gut wall. Amniotic fluid is important in the health and development of every cell in your baby’s body.
Amazingly, there are some substances that are in amniotic fluid which are also found in breastmilk (but not formula). One of these substances, called Epidermal Growth Factor, has been shown to heal injuries in unborn animals and may also be important for ensuring that the lungs are healthy. This substance isn’t well understood, but we’re learning more about it all the time.
Another substance that is in both amniotic fluid and breastmilk is called Transforming Growth Factor Alpha. We are still learning more about this too, but fascinatingly, it’s higher in the breastmilk of women and people whose babies are born before 27 weeks than after 27 weeks, which implies that this is a very important substance for the baby’s development which our bodies ensure the baby still gets even if they’re born too early.