What’s in breastmilk?

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Fat
Breast milk has a very high fat content. The high fat content is not bad for your baby as a high fat diet might be for you. The fat is important for his healthy growth. An enzyme in breast milk called “lipase” helps to break down the fat unto smaller molecules which your baby can digest easily.
 
Protein
Your newborn needs more protein now that she will ever need again. Breast milk contains the protein “lactalbumin” - it is a simple, highly nutritious protein. Lactalbumin is found in the milk of many mammals.

Vitamins

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. That’s why your baby might get a Vitamin K injection directly after birth.

Carbohydrates

The carbohydrates found in breast milk are mainly in the form of lactose.

Minerals
A healthy baby is born with a very good reserve of iron. Iron levels in breast milk are quite low, but the combination of Vitamin C and lactose in your breast milk will help your baby to digest the iron available.

Fluids
Breast milk consists of  87% water, so you don’t have to give your baby additional water.

Antibodies
This is the most amazing of all the ingredients – natural antibiotics to protect your baby and build his immune system.



 
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