Posted by: Admin | March 1, 2011

Mother’s Milk is a complete food and is all your baby needs for the first six months of life.


March is Nutrition Month

Babies need their mothers and they also need their mother’s milk! But is it really possible for babies to grow healthily on breastmilk alone for the first six months of their lives? Can this translucent, pale, whitish liquid really be rich enough to fill all the baby’s nutritional needs? Is there enough fat and proteins? Enough iron?

Yes, it is possible! Breasts are incredible human milk machines. The mammary gland is the tissue that produces the milk. Some small cells, called the alveoli, are microscopic factories that take all the nutrients from the mother’s blood and transform them into the perfect ingredients for the baby. Breastmilk contains just enough proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and iron for the baby to grow perfectly well for the first six months.

There are actually many important reasons to give the baby only breastmilk for that period. Breastmilk is easier to digest, the baby’s stomach and bowels are not ready to receive solids, and he receives more iron from it then from solid food sources. But the most important one is that you want the baby to receive a lot of breastmilk! If you introduce solids, he will decrease the quantity of breastmilk he takes. And if he takes less breastmilk, he will obtain fewer benefits from it!

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