Early breast milk is your baby’s best friend – The thick yellow breast milk (Colostrum) that comes out for the first time is filled with nutrients and antibodies that will protect your new-born’s body.
Your breast milk adapts to baby’s growth and needs. By the fifth day after birth, your breast milk has just the right amount of fat, sugar, water and protein to help your baby to grow big and strong. Even though the milk might appear thinner and watery, it has the right amount of nutrients and anti-bodies for your baby’s tiny immune system. Breast milk is easier to digest for most babies, and is especially good for premature babies. The protein found in formula is taken from cow’s milk and takes longer for baby’s tummy to modify.
Breast is Best
The cells, hormones, and antibodies in breast milk protect babies from illness. This protection is unique; formula cannot match the chemical makeup of human breast milk. In fact, among formula-fed babies, ear infections and diarrhoea are more common.
When you breastfeed, you lessen the amount of time you have to spend standing in the kitchen. You don’t have to sterilize bottles, mix formula and measure things, instead you get more time to spend bonding with your new baby. The skin-to-skin contact can boost the mother’s oxytocin levels. Oxytocin is a hormone that helps milk flow and may calm the new mommy.
Formula and feeding supplies can cost a lot of money, depending on how much your baby eats and also breastfed babies don’t get sick often, which can lower health care costs.
Numerous studies from around the world have shown that stomach viruses, lower respiratory illnesses, ear infections, and meningitis occur less often in breastfed babies and are less severe when they do happen.
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