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Breast Feeding Vs Bottle Feeding

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Breast Feeding Vs Bottle Feeding The Facts What Breast Milk Contains? Types of Breast Milk * During the first few days after the birth, the breasts produce a substance called colostrum. This yellowish fluid is packed with antibodies and is very rich in protein, making it ideal for newborn babies. * The colostrum soon changes and becomes thin and white (transitional milk). Then, on the third to fourth day, the mature breastmilk starts to come through. * At each feed the breasts produce two types of milk: foremilk, which is produced at the beginning of a feed, and hindmilk, which has more fat, energy and essential nutrients. As babies grow it's important that they receive the hindmilk in order to meet their nutritional needs. (www.bbc.co.uk/health) What Infant Formula Contains? * There are two types of formula milk: whey-dominant and casein-dominant. ...read more.


* Breastfeeding helps mobilise fat stores and this helps with post birth weight loss. * Breastmilk is convenient - it needs no preparation, and it's free! * Breastmilk is always the right temperature. * It has also been found to help prevent breast and ovarian cancers Mother's Milk - Benefits Beyond Breast Feeding? In addition to providing energy and nutrients, human milk has other important beneficial health effects for infants. These include promoting a healthy gut environment and protection against infections. It is not yet known specifically what constituent of the milk provides these benefits. Amongst the various components of human milk (cells, immunoglobulins, peptides, nucleotides, and diverse glycoconjugates) non-nutritional oligosaccharides (short chains of carbohydrates) are one of the most important candidates for mediating the beneficial effects of human milk for newborn infants. ...read more.


A large number of mums switch to formula feeding sooner than they originally planned. If you want to continue breastfeeding it's important to get the right help - which isn't always easy.Problems with formula feeding are common too. Feeding in these first few months, however it's done, can be a source of anxiety.It's important to get the hole of the teat just right for your baby. If it's too small, he'll be exhausted from sucking and may swallow too much air. If it's too big, the milk will come out too quickly and could cause choking.Your feeding choice may seem clear cut to you, but take the chance in pregnancy to talk it through and get the most up-to-date information you can. It's an issue people can feel strongly about, and it's surrounded by a lot of folklore and myth. ...read more.

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