Breast milk smells a little soapy. If you get it on your hands, it feels pretty sticky. It also has a nasty habit of leaving stains on your clothes. But boy is it good for your baby.
WHAT IT'S MADE OF
It contains a rich mix of protein, fat, carbohydrates, water, and elements that newborns need for tissue growth and development, including fatty acids and amino acids, along with minerals and vitamins.
This list of vital nutrients really is tailor-made just for baby. For example, the protein in breast milk is made up of about 60% whey and 40% casein. The composition of protein is meant to enable quick and easy digestion for baby.
Breast milk provides the majority of the nutrients that baby will need to have a good start in life. According to the National Institutes of Health, the only thing that may be lacking in adequate amounts is Vitamin D. Your pediatrician might have you add this into baby’s diet if baby is found to be deficient Vitamin D.
We, as a society, are always looking for the quick and easy meal. You could practically live on a diet of pre-wrapped bars, powered drinks and shakes and packaged fruits and veggies blended together in a squeeze tube. Fast food isn’t even fast enough for us these days as everyone – even baby – is always on the go.
So in a world in which quicker is always better, isn’t it interesting that breastfeeding endures?
New moms are often confounded by how long it can take baby to eat a meal. Does 55 minutes on one side and 20 minutes later she’s hungry again sound familiar?
But we persevere. We push through because we know it’s worthwhile.
Breast milk truly is nature’s most nutritious and satisfying fast food. There’s always enough for a delicious and comforting meal. There’s no measuring, heating or mixing involved. It comes in the perfect container and dispenser. What’s more, it’s always the perfect temperature!
So although it may be 2 a.m. and you know there’s still another 45 minutes left of baby’s feeding before you can go back to bed, try to remember that you’re providing the most nutrient-rich super food for him. There’s nothing better.
For a really cool tool that can tell you the nutritional data of breast milk (like you were reading your cereal box in the morning) check out this nutrition calculator from Self.
Of course, breastmilk looks even better when mom is wearing nursing tops and pumping shirts. But its nutritional value remains the same ?
The information contained on this site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician and/or lactation consultant.