What's in Breast Milk?
August is National Breastfeeding Month! All month long, Humble Bee will be sharing loads of information on breastfeeding!
We all have heard the saying, ‘breast is best!’ But is it really the best for newborns? According to Frontiers in Pediatrics, ‘human milk is the best food for newborn nutrition.’ Breastfeeding is recommended at the first hour of a newborn’s life up to 6 months, according to World Health Organization (WHO). Even so, did you know only 37% of infants are fed on breast milk up to 6 months?
Breast milk contains:
- Immune Boosting Live Cells - may help organs develop and heal
- Water - to keep your baby hydrated
- Amino Acids – building block of cells
- Proteins - two types of proteins: whey and casein to aid with digestion
- Lipids - essential for the health of your baby
- Carbohydrates - promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in your baby’s stomach
- Minerals and Vitamins such as Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium
- Growth Factors – healthy baby development
- Antibodies - protect your baby against illnesses and infections
- MicroRNAs for gene expression
Breast milk contains the right mixture of vitamins, minerals and other essentials for your baby. Not all women are able to breastfeed, there exists alternatives such as donor milk and milk banks. It is always recommended to seek assistance for your health care provider who will be able to provide you with the best solution for you and your baby.
Humble Bee Nurse Sling aids in giving you the right posture not only for you but also your baby to aid with digestion and pulling the baby to you for a better feeding experience.