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The Right Milk To Give Your Newborn Baby

Puja Sharma Vasisht
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Created by Puja Sharma Vasisht
Updated on Jun 16, 2018

The Right Milk To Give Your Newborn Baby

Did you know that breastmilk is tummy friendly which makes it the best choice of milk for your baby? Read this expert article to understand what makes breastmilk so perfect for your baby.

Why is exclusive breastfeeding advised for 0-6 months-old babies?

The high-energy requirements of around 110 kcal per kg body weight of your infant in the first six months, is easily matched by your breastmilk. Infants need the right quality and quantity of proteins and your breastmilk does the needful. It istummy friendly and has growth nutrients which help in the overall growth of your baby.

So, parents, this high protein requirement is met by breastmilk from a well-fed mother. Breastmilk also provides the right type of whey proteins, which is gentle on the immature digestive tract of your baby. Whey proteins also help in faster gastric emptying in your infant; hence making breastmilk more easily digestible, minimizing any symptoms of colic, indigestion, reflux or digestive discomfort in your tiny tot. Breastmilk has amylase, which helps in faster gastric emptying too.

In fact, the fat requirement of your baby is also met by your breastmilk and in the right proportion (5-6% of total energy requirement) of essential fats.Your newborn also needs enough iron as the stores of hemoglobin s/he is born with is used up soon. Your breastmilk, though not a rich source of iron, contains sufficient amounts of bioavailable iron to meet the needs of your exclusively breastfed infant for the first 3-4 months.

Similarly, the calcium requirements of your baby are met by your breastmilk alone. Did you know, the absorption of calcium is much better than cow’s milk (although the amount of calcium present in your breastmilk may be less than that of cow’s milk)? Your infant also has requirements of Vitamins like vitamin A, B complex including folic acid and vitamin B 12, vitamin C and more. All these vitamins are present in breastmilk in more or less adequate amounts to meet your infant’s early growth needs.

Breastmilk also provides enough of vitamin C to your baby as it is not destroyed by heating, which happens in case of cow’s milk. The gastric juice of your breastfed baby is more acidic, which helps in destroying any microbes entering his/her stomach and also promotes better absorption of calcium and iron. Again, lactose present in your breastmilk helps better absorption of calcium and iron and aids in softer stool formation.

But there are conditions in which breastmilk nutrition gets disrupted:

  • C-section delivery
  • Nipple soreness
  • Postpartum engorgement of the breast
  • Conditions like breast abscess and mastitis

Insuchcases, mothers tend to resort to cow’s milk. But, cow’ s milk doesn’t h a v e tummy friendly and growth-promoting nutrients. Cow’s milk has 3-times more protein quantity – higher casein. Casein forms a tough, hard-to-digest curd. Cow’s milk has a low Calcium Phosphorous ratio, which leads to hard stools. Also, cow’s milk has low iron, zinc and other nutrients. So instead of cow’s milk, mothers should look at more suitable alternatives, which helps in the overall growth and development of the baby

Was this article helpful to you? Do share your thoughts with me in the comments section below.

Disclaimer: SHSH programme is for educational purposes only, in partnership with doctors. Consult a doctor for queries about your or your child's health.

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| Aug 02, 2018

which milk(instead of cow milk) should be good for baby of 8-9 months

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| Jun 24, 2018

what if mother is not taking well nutrition diet,all vitamins will be still there in breastmilk?

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| Jun 20, 2018

I think its good for mothers who are unable to feed during initial days..

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| Jun 20, 2018

I had given my child formulae milk for sometime post the caesarean deivery

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| Jun 20, 2018

Thankyou for sharing this

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| Jun 20, 2018

a regular breast feed will help the mother being away from breast abscess and mastitis

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| Jun 20, 2018

Also for first six months its better to be under the advise of your paediatrician

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| Jun 20, 2018

Good infor on breast milk

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| Jun 20, 2018

Formulae feed is not digestive

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| Jun 18, 2018

@Ashrik I think Formula milk is good alternative, my aped suggested the same.

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| Jun 17, 2018

what about formula milk?

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| Jun 16, 2018

very useful blog..

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