The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and that the mother continues breastfeeding for at least 12 months. The process of breast feeding is not only good for the baby but for the mother as well. For newborns it will protect against viruses and infections but also reduce the risk of obesity, asthma and diabetes and other health problems later in life. For mothers it aids in allowing the uterus to contract and for bleeding to cease faster after she has given birth. It also helps in reducing the risk of later developing ovarian and breast cancer.
Breast milk is by far the best source of nutrition for a newborn baby as various substances in breast milk in shielding a baby against disease and infection. The iron, calcium and proteins in breast milk are more easily absorbed and digested than baby formulas and natural cow’s milk thus making and keeping your baby strong and healthy. Breast milk is responsible also for building the foundation for a strong immune system and a well balanced array of nutritional substances for healthy human growth. Breast milk contains 40 percent casein and 60 percent whey which are powerful proteins. This exact balance of nutrients makes digestion easy and quick.
If this balance is off like if it contains a great amount of casein like many baby formulas out there in the market today it will be harder for the baby to digest and these protein also contain great infection preventive properties. Fat is also in breast milk to aid in brain development fat soluble absorption and main good calorie source and has chain fatty acids which are needed for our nervous system, brain and retina. Breast milk contains strong vitamins like A, C, D, E and K which are all vital to a healthy infants health. Also the types of vitamins that the mother’s breast milk contains is directly linked to the mothers own vitamin intake. Also is the breast milk is riboflavin, panthothenic acid and niacin which are essential as well.
Breast milk contains carbohydrates as it is the main lactose found in human milk and is responsible for 40 % of the total calorie provided by breast milk and aids in decreasing the quantity of bacteria in the stomach and makes the absorption of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus easier for the body.
There is nothing better for your baby than breast milk as it contains everything that the body needs for a newborn baby’s body to develop healthy. Many baby formulas out in the market today boost to be the best for your newborn but are 100 percent lacking in leukocytes which are living cells and antibodies, enzymes and hormones which cannot be added to breast milk. So if you want a healthy bouncy newborn feed them only breast milk.