Updated: Dec 2, 2019
Knowing what is best, is the strongest tool in your path to a good and natural life. Breastfeeding is one of the most important care in your baby's early days. Breast milk provides the adequate amount and quality of nutrients, protects the digestive system from bacterial infections, and prevents developing some allergic diseases.
The nutrients your baby needs
Human milk provides the perfect proportion of protein, fat, and sugars that your baby needs. Different from cow's milk, human milk is lower in proteins which makes it easier to digest. Human milk won’t cause protein overload, what has been associated with faster growth rates and could have long-term consequences and possible relation to the development of obesity and cardiovascular disease.
When it comes to fats, human milk contains Omega-3 fats that are central to the baby's brain development. The right proportion of these fats also helps with the prevention of allergic and inflammatory diseases.
Micronutrients are in perfect balance too, supporting the right amount of highly available iron, calcium, and vitamins A, C, and E, among others.
Finally, the feedback-dependent regulatory mechanism of breast milk production will assure that your baby will consume the exact amount of milk he needs to quench his hunger and proportion the energy he needs.
Defense capacity of human milk
Human milk is rich in immunoglobulins, which are defensive molecules that can bind virus and bacteria, preventing them from infecting your baby. This passive immunization is fundamental for babies while they develop their own defenses.
Another benefit is that breastfeeding allows good bacteria to be more predominant in your baby's digestive tract, preventing gut infections, especially in the baby's first days. The trouble-free breast-to-baby administration also prevents infections as bottle feeding could be complicated with contamination in many of its steps.
Enzymes break down milk proteins in small fragments called amino acids to cross the intestinal barrier and to be absorbed in the baby's belly. Yet, some whole proteins could yet find their way directly through the immature intestines to the baby's bloodstream in the case of different varieties of milk (cow milk, sheep milk, etc.) This could make the immune system see the protein as a strange particle and develop an immune response to it. This mechanism is the cause of the development of allergies to cow’s milk protein and is prevented by the human milk exclusive intake.
Breastfeeding is natural and beneficial, with incomparable nutritional, immunologic and psychological benefits, and is one of the first steps in the natural life path.
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