Breastmilk Is Best milk You Should Give to Your Child. Here’s Why Breastmilk Is Best milk You Should Give to Your Child. Here’s Why
It is a well-known fact that breastmilk is the best milk for babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly urges women to engage... Breastmilk Is Best milk You Should Give to Your Child. Here’s Why

It is a well-known fact that breastmilk is the best milk for babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly urges women to engage in exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of their baby’s life and continued breastfeeding until their baby is one-year-old. Breast milk has many benefits both for the baby and the mom. Children develop strong immunity, have a lowered risk of contracting asthma, obesity, and diabetes. While breastfeeding helps mothers contract the uterus and cease bleeding quicker after delivery, it also reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer and promotes bonding between the mother and the baby.

Moreover, the nutritive value of the breastmilk is also high. And, crucially, the proteins in breastmilk are not hard on a baby’s gut. They are more digestible than cow’s milk or formula milk. Also, the iron and calcium derived from mother’s milk are more readily absorbed by the baby’s gut.

Here’s an outline of what makes breastmilk and how it nourishes your baby:

1. Proteins:

There are two types of proteins found in mother’s milk – casein and whey. About 40 percent of milk protein is casein, while the remaining 60 percent is whey. It is this balanced ratio of the proteins that allows for quick absorption and digestion. Formula milk, on the other hand, has a high percentage of casein and is difficult to digest. About 60 to 80 percent of all human milk is whey protein. These proteins offer infection-defending properties to babies. And, here are some other proteins found in breast milk and their benefits:

  • Lysozyme: It is an enzyme that protects babies against Salmonella and E.coli. It also promotes healthy intestinal flora and has anti-inflammatory functions.
  • Secretory IgA: It protects the infant from bacteria and viruses, especially those that the baby, the mother or the family have been exposed to. It also defends the baby against allergies and E.Coli. IgG and IgM, other immunoglobulins present in breastmilk also keep infections at bay. Fish is an excellent source of protein, and can help increase the protein levels in your breastmilk.
  • Lactoferrin: It impedes the growth of iron-dependent bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Yeast and coliforms are examples of microorganisms that require iron.
  • Breastmilk also has a Bifidus factor that enhances the growth of lactobacillus, which is a beneficial bacteria protecting babies from harmful bacteria. Lactobacillus creates an acidic environment, which restricts the growth of harmful bacteria.

2. Fats:

The fats in human milk are healthy for your baby. Fats in breastmilk are the primary energy source; they help absorb fat-soluble vitamins and promote brain development in babies. The long chain fatty acids deposited in the brain during your pregnancy’s last trimester. Long chain fatty acids are essential for retinal and nervous system development.

3. Vitamins:

Fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E, and K are crucial to an infant’s health. The type and the amount of vitamins in breastmilk depend on what she consumes. Other water-soluble vitamins such as vitamin C, niacin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid are also important for the baby. If the mother isn’t deriving adequate vitamins from food, she should consider taking prenatal vitamin supplements.

4. Carbohydrates:

About 40 percent of calories derived from mother’s milk come from its lactose content – the primary carbohydrate in human milk. Lactose reduces unhealthy bacteria in the stomach. It absorbs minerals like magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus. Lactose helps fight diseases and enhances healthy bacterial flora in the stomach.

5. Leukocytes:

These living cells are found only in mother’s milk and help fight infections. These constituents, apart from the enzymes and hormones in human milk, exist in a perfect combination and a ratio adequate for the healthy growth of your baby. Indeed, even formula milk cannot beat breastmilk, because it lacks the perfect blend and is devoid of the enzymes, hormones, antibodies, and living cells which occur naturally in a mother’s milk. If women have issues with breastfeeding, they should be urged to talk to their lactation consultants. Should there be a need, it’s always better to opt for breastmilk donor banks than opting to cow’s or formula milk.

Henry Okafor

  • April

    October 15, 2016 #1 Author

    I agree breastfeeding is beautiful an they also give great info for new parents

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  • Keke Thomas

    October 15, 2016 #2 Author

    I agree that breastmilk is best for babies.. Breast milk is the best food for your baby during the first year of life. It helps your baby grow healthy and strong. Breastfeeding helps protect your baby from many illnesses. Breastfed babies have fewer health problems than babies who aren’t breastfed.

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  • Dashja

    October 15, 2016 #3 Author

    Breastfeeding is the best way to go

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  • Jiovanni

    October 15, 2016 #4 Author

    I believe breast feeding helps your child development . It also helps the mother and child become more connected with each other .

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  • Shaunquette

    October 15, 2016 #5 Author

    My daughter is 3 weeks and has been breastfed since day 1 it’s the best thing ever!

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  • Courtney

    October 15, 2016 #6 Author

    yes I prefer all mothers to breast feed it the most important thing to make sure your baby be healthy & it reduce a chance of Cancer

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  • Kayesha Scurry

    October 15, 2016 #7 Author

    I TOTALLY AGREE BECAUSE YOU CARRY THE NUTRIENTS & VITAMINS BABIES NEED !! It helps in several ways.

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  • Tyonika Webster

    October 15, 2016 #8 Author

    Highly recommended all mothers to breastfeed

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  • Aisha Abdishakur

    October 16, 2016 #9 Author

    I gree breast milk is best for babies

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  • Andraya Johnson

    October 16, 2016 #10 Author

    I completely agree I breastfeed my son and he’s very healthy and chunky, and it really helped us bond more.

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  • Shonty Porter

    October 16, 2016 #11 Author

    Breastfeeding was the best thing I ever did. Lost alot of baby weight and inches off my waist as well.

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  • Alana

    October 17, 2016 #12 Author

    I totally agree with feeding a babh breast milk but my son is 12 days old and my milk still isn’t all the way in yet! Im trying😐

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  • LaToya McMickel

    October 17, 2016 #13 Author

    I agree with this article. I was a beast feeding mother with my son whose a very healthy baby. He’s very smart and advance. Often times people do not believe he just turned two because his intellect is far beyond his age. I strongly encourage all mother to breast feed.

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  • Tarra

    November 22, 2016 #14 Author

    Breastfeeding is the best way to go!

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