Breastmilk: Nutrient-Rich and Baby-Approved
March is a time to welcome the coming spring, and according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, it’s also a time to recognize healthy eating. This month is National Nutrition Month, a campaign that focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. While much of the month focuses on adult nutrition, it also creates an opportunity to celebrate the nutritional value of breastmilk.
Breastmilk contains a wide variety of nutrients that are beneficial for babies. It contains many proteins, such as secretory IgA, which protects babies from viruses and bacteria, and lysozyme, which promotes healthy intestinal growth.
Fats are found in breastmilk as well, which aid in brain and eye development. Fat is a significant source of calories and is necessary for the absorption of Vitamins A, D, E and K. The principal carbohydrate in breastmilk is lactose, a vital source of energy. It also promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the stomach.
In addition to these nutrients, breastmilk also contains many important cells, such as macrophages, T cells and leukocytes. These are all part of the immune system, keeping babies healthy and protecting them from disease.
These are just some of the many beneficial components of human milk. It truly is liquid gold, nourishing and protecting babies through their first phase of life.