What is in Breastmilk?
Many people assume breastmilk is the best but have no idea what is in their breastmilk… what it does… and how wonderfully amazing it is for your baby.
First let me begin by saying, I have nothing against the way you feed your child. Whether it be formula, breastfed, or pumped milk—your baby is fed and fed is best.
Breastmilk has anti-infective properties, enzymes, hormones, growth factors and is made up of 87% water. There are necessary fats for baby’s nervous system and brain development—carbohydrates for rapid brain growth – proteins and vitamins and minerals.
Did you know that while breastfeeding your body draws YOUR vitamin and mineral reserve to make milk? This is why it is very important to eat health while breastfeeding or nursing your child. A poor diet means breastmilk has less vitamins to draw from.
You should eat plenty of protein and calcium for your milk supply and for baby to get the good stuff.
Breastmilk adapts to meet your baby’s changing nutritional needs. It’s been said that breastmilk enhances baby’s brain, contributes to higher IQ, fewer & less severe allergies, and less likely to be hospitalized.
It is also said that baby may experience FEWER ear infections, respiratory infections, UTIs, Less diarrhea, and vomiting. Breastmilk can also lower the risk of SIDS and reduce the risk of diseases such as; diabetes, asthma, obesity, and leukemia.
Did you know there are benefits of breastfeeding for YOU too?
If you decide to breastfeed your baby, you can have reduced postpartum bleeding, shrink your uterus, reduce your lifetime rise of diseases—such as; premenopausal breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and osteoporosis.
Benefits to the family when deciding to breastfeed:
It is economical and convenient—costs free and it’s always available.
Here is a great video on how you know baby is getting enough breastmilk.