Antioxidants –Breastmilk Giving Your Baby the Edge
Nursing Mom & Baby
Breast Feeding For Optimal Baby Health
Milk produced by mothers for their newborn babies is their only source of nutrition, Mother’s milk is specific milk produced by mothers for their newborn babies is the main source of nutrition. Mother’s milk is specifically tailored to the needs of the baby as it contains the right balance of nutrients and is 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.
The World Health Organization and UNICEF consider mother’s mile the “gold standard” in infant nutrition. The AmericanAcademy 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.
The milk protects the babies from oxidative stress which is linked to respiratory distress syndrome, hemorrhages, eye disorders and other problems. Researchers have shown that breastmilk has twice the levels of protective antioxidants than commercial formulas.
What is so important about Breastmilk?
The most important thing is the 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 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 according to an article called Breastfeeding and Child Cognitive Development by Kramer, in The Archives of General Psychology (2008). It may not turn your baby into a genius but the baby’s brain will reach its full potential. Studies have shown that breastfed babies perform better on IQ tests later in life.
The other important nutrients in breastmilk which make it so important:
- Fatty Acids, as they 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 responsible for effective transmission of information along the neurons in the brain are also found in high levels of cholesterol in breast milk.
- Taurine in 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 which plays a role in brain development sand functioning which is also essential.
- Zinc which 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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Breastmilk has Antibodies to Prevent Disease
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. The baby will have advantages in brain development, plus the bonding process between a mother and her baby can hardly be replicated any other way.