Nutritional benefits of Breast Feeding

Nutritional benefits of Breast Feeding

Feeding of an Infant/ Child by a woman’s breats is known as BREAST FEEDING.
WET NURSE: A mother feeding another infant and not her own.
Breast Feeding is aggresively promoted by the WHO and Indian Association of Peadiatrics.
Breast milk is the best source of nourishment and in our country, also the cheapest.

Colustrum: It is the milk secreted during the first three days after delivery. It is rich in antibodies, cells, increased amounts of vitamins A, D, E and K. It is yellow and thick in consistency.

Nutritional Benefits:

-Carbohydrates, escpecially Lactose is in high concentration(6-7g/dL). Lactose helps in absorption of calcium and enhances the growth of Lactobacilli.

-Protiens, though they are in lower concentration(0.9-1.1 g/dL), since the infant’s kidney cannot filter too much of protiens, breast milk has high amount of amino acids like Taurine and Cysteine which are essential for neurotransmission. These proteins are lacking in cow’s milk and milk formaula.

-Fats: Breat milk is rich in Poly unsaturated Fatty acids which are required for proper development of the brain.

-Vitamins and Minerals

-Water and electrolytes: Breast milk contains 88% water content, hence a breast fed baby doesn’t require additional water in the first few months.

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