Breast milk ingredients
…the perfectly balanced meal
Did you ever wonder what the ingredients are of your breast milk?
Breast milk has a very high fat content. The high fat content is not bad for your baby like a high fat diet might be or you. The fat is important for your baby’s healthy growth. An enzyme in breast milk called “lipase” helps to break down the fat into smaller molecules which your baby can digest easily.
Your newborn needs more protein now than she’ll ever need again. Breast milk contains the protein lactalbumin, a simple, highly nutritious protein. Lactalbumin is found in the milk of many mammals. There are alpha and beta lactalbumins; both contained in milk.
Your breast milk contains all the vitamins your baby needs. Speak to the clinic sister or your doctor before giving your baby any supplements. Newborns don’t make their own vitamin K until a few days after birth and some hospitals automatically give all newborns a vitamin K injection.
The carbohydrates found in breast milk are mainly lactose, a type of sugar also found in cow’s milk.
A healthy baby is born with a very good reserve of iron. Iron levels in breast milk are quite low, but the combination of Vitamins C and lactose in your breast milk will help your baby to digest the iron available.
Breast milk consists of 87% water, and your baby will drink more on hot days to satisfy her thirst.
Your breast milk contains natural antibodies to protect your baby from infection and build his or her immune system.