Food and Nutrition

What Makes Breast Milk The Best Food Choice For Your Baby?

Dr Surbhi Saini
0 to 1 years

Created by Dr. Surbhi Saini
Updated on Sep 02, 2018

What Makes Breast Milk The Best Food Choice For Your Baby

Breast milk is the best nutrition you can offer to your baby. It has all the essential micro and macronutrients designed to cater to all your child’s nutritional needs in the first six months of life. In addition, breast milk helps to lay a strong foundation for a healthy future.

Takes Charge of Cognitive Development

A child’s brain undergoes a series of developments in the early years. Unlike the physical growth, the cognitive growth of a baby is not visible on the outside. Majority of the development of a child’s brain happens in the first 6 years and breast milk plays an important role during this period. Breast milk contains essential fatty acids, micro and macro nutrients in appropriate amounts for the optimum development of the child’s cognitive skills.

Some of the essential nutrients responsible for the brain development are DHA, ARA, and minerals like Iron, Choline, and Iodine. Here is a close up of the roles of these nutrients:

•     DHA and ARA – For infants, DHA and ARA are important components of brain and vision development. Breast milk has both these micronutrients in optimum quantities for the cognitive development of the baby.

•     Iron helps in the neurocognitive development and improves learning and memory in infants.

•     Choline is an important nutrient essential for brain formation. Breastmilk is rich in Human milk is rich in choline compounds and contribute to the cognitive development of baby’s brain.

•     Iodine deficiency leads to developmental delay in infants. Breastfeeding helps the infant to get moderate quantities of Iodine for the neurocognitive development of the brain.

Makes Digestion Super Easy

Breast milk contains whey and casein proteins in an approximately 60:40 ratio. Whey proteins are liquid and are very easy to digest while casein is tough for a baby to digest. At the time of birth, breast milk composition has close to 90% whey protein and around 10% casein. Gradually, the composition changes and it has about 60% whey and 40% casein. And later, the whey protein continues to drop until there's about the same amount of both later in lactation. Therefore, breastmilk is gentle on the stomach and doesn’t strain the immature developing organs of the baby due to this composition.

Proteins are complex in nature, hence they need to be further broken down for easy digestion. Breastmilk contains partially hydrolysed proteins meaning that they have been broken into small chain amino acids, thus, making it easy for the baby to digest.

Ensures Healthy Growth For Future

Breastmilk has many nutrients such as vitamins and minerals that help in the optimal growth of the baby. Moreover, breastmilk influences future growth too. It helps in building an early foundation of a healthy body and mind.

A lot of parents think that more protein means accelerated growth, however, over diet of protein may lead to obesity later in life. Breastmilk has the right quantity and quality of proteins so to ensure that the growth is optimum not only in the early years but also at later stages.

Builds Immunity

Building of immunity starts early! Breastmilk helps build the much needed defence mechanism in the body by protecting it from several viral and bacterial infections. Whey proteins in the breastmilk contain antibodies, lactoferrin, and lysozyme which support your baby fight off infections and diseases early on.

Breastmilk is undoubtedly the finest food choice for your baby. It takes charge of not only physical but also the cognitive development of your baby. It has the ideal combination of nutrients which are designed for easy digestion and changing nutritional needs of the child in those initial years. So, mommy, keep breastfeeding!

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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| Sep 21, 2018

Dr. my daughter is. 2yrs old. I still breastfeed her coz doesn't eat much. She's fussy eater. But she loves Sweets. I am worried about her health and wt. Help me

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| Sep 21, 2018

Dr. my daughter is. 2yrs old. I still breastfeed her coz doesn't eat much. She's fussy eater. But she loves Sweets. I am worried about her health and wt. Help me

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| Sep 21, 2018

Dr. my daughter is. 2yrs old. I still breastfeed her coz doesn't eat much. She's fussy eater. But she loves Sweets. I am worried about her health and wt. Help me

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| Sep 21, 2018

Dr. my daughter is. 2yrs old. I still breastfeed her coz doesn't eat much. She's fussy eater. But she loves Sweets. I am worried about her health and wt. Help me

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| Sep 21, 2018

Dr. my daughter is. 2yrs old. I still breastfeed her coz doesn't eat much. She's fussy eater. But she loves Sweets. I am worried about her health and wt. Help me

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| Sep 21, 2018

Gud information

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| Sep 20, 2018

Thank you Dr. Surbhi Saini

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| Sep 20, 2018

@Biji Shibu.. You can still continue to breast feed your child in mid afternoon, early morning and night. Yes, its correct avoid feeding near to meal times like breakfast, lunch, dinner so that baby starts to eat solids.

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| Sep 19, 2018

my daughter is 9 months old. my mother-in -law always tells me not to breastfeed the child during the day. only at night i should give bteastmilk. she says so that child may eat other foods during the day. how far do i need to follow this.

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| Sep 12, 2018

4 month baby ki cow milk use cheyavacha

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| Sep 04, 2018

I love

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| Sep 03, 2018

During the first 6 months feed is the best...

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| Sep 03, 2018

Also a good blog

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| Sep 03, 2018

I really liked that the breastmilk adapts with the growing need of the child..... nature is so vivid

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| Sep 03, 2018

thankyou for sharing

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| Sep 03, 2018

Let the breastfeed continues till the baby is interested. sometimes its more of a bonding measure and less of feed :)

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| Sep 03, 2018

Nice work.

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| Sep 03, 2018

Breastmilk is the best..

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| Sep 03, 2018

Thankyou for sharing information in detail Dr. Surbhi

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