Health benefits of breast milk
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Health benefits of breast milk


Generally, it is said that milk provides the primary source of nutrition for newborns before they are able to eat and digest other foods. For that matter, breast milk is considered the best nutritional source for infants and cannot be replaced by any other food.

The uniqueness in breastfed milk lies in its perfect combination of nutrients in it for the child to grow healthy.

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Below are the best benefits of breast milk over formula:

  • Contains disease-fighting substances that protect your baby from illness
  • Reduces the risk of developing infections
  • Reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Helps to develop strong bones
  • More resistant to many diseases and illness
  • Helps to prevent allergies
  • Helps to develop good bacteria in the digestive system
  • Promotes bonding between mother and baby
  • It is sterile – free from bacteria or microorganisms
  • Provides health benefits to you (mother) as well

Why is Colostrum the best nutrient for your baby?

Colostrum is the first stage of breast milk produced during the initial few days (two to three days) after delivery. It is a thin yellowish fluid that sometimes leaks from the breasts during pregnancy. Colostrum has high concentrations of proteins, carbohydrates, antibodies and also it is low in fats. Since the newborns have very small digestive systems, colostrum delivers its nutrients in a very concentrated low-volume form. It is undoubtedly the best nutrient for a newborn and helps to protect your baby against several bacterial and viral infections.

Colostrum will be replaced by mature milk after two to three days. Mature milk appears creamier and watery. It also contains proteins, sugar, minerals and fats but the maximum constituent is water which helps to keep your baby hydrated. It is also said that your body will stop producing colostrum when your mature milk increases in amount to feed your baby.