Breastmilk Provides the Optimal Nutrition
Breast Feeding For Optimal Baby Health
Milk produced by mothers for their newborn babies is the perfect source of nutrition. Mother’s milk is specifically tailored to the needs of the baby as it contains the right balance of nutrients, which include all the vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins, lactose, water and antioxidants. Obviously some women cannot nurse for various reasons, and their are good formulas on the market.
The World Health Organization and UNICEF consider mother’s mile the “gold standard” in infant nutrition. The American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending breastfeeding for at least one year, and it is helpful to nurse at least as a supplement through the second year before weaning.
Tryptophan, released from the mother’s milk, has antioxidant properties, which are especially crucial to the health of newborns, and even more so for a preterm infant. Pediatric Research of December, 2009, explain the properties further as the tryptophan acts as a free radical scavenger naturally present in mother’s milk.
Breast milk protects the babies from oxidative stress, which is linked to respiratory distress syndrome, hemorrhages, eye disorders and other problems.
Importance of Breastmilk
Milk plays a key role in the development of the child’s brain because the milk is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (DHA & AA), taurine, choline, zinc, vitamins and many other ingredients that support the process.
A baby’s brain develops rapidly in the first few years of life, and it is important to supply the baby with breastmilk right from the start through two years if possible, according to an article called Breastfeeding and Child Cognitive Development by Kramer, in The Archives of General Psychology (2008). Breast milk will enhance the child's cognitive ability according to a study that followed 13,889 children until 6.5 years.
The other important nutrients in breastmilk which make it so important:
- Protein includes two types: whey and casein, which are easily digested.
- Fatty Acids support the information processing and transmission that occurs in the brain. However, DHA and AA are not found in the human body, nor are the fatty acids, required to synthesis them; they can only be obtained through a person’s diet and breast milk contains one of the highest levels of these fatty acids.
- Phospholipids are responsible for effective transmission of information along the neurons in the brain are also found in high levels of cholesterol in breast milk.
- Taurine is important in the development of the brain and eyes as well as other important functions, and is its presence in breast milk is very important.
- Choline plays a role in brain development sand functioning which is also essential.
- Zinc has been created as the nutrient that protects cells in the brain and central nervous system due to its antioxidant properties.
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Another wonderful property of breast milk is antibodies pass through to the baby as the milk contains several anti-infective factors such as bile salt, stimulated lipase, lactoferrin and immunoglobulin which basically mean the baby is protected against several microorganisms that cause disease. Numerous studies have proven that breastfed infants have a lower risk of infection. Another benefit is that fewer breastfed babies develop allergies.
To conclude, if you nurse your baby, the child will receive all the important nutrients necessary for normal healthy development and will be stay healthier from receiving the mother’s antibodies. Another benefit is financial as you will not need to buy formula. You can certainly bond with your baby whether you nurse or not. Spending time cuddling and talking to your child is bonding time.
© 2010 Pamela Oglesby