It is well established that breastfeeding is the superior method of feeding an infant. Companies that manufacture infant formula have tried to mimic the composition of human breast milk, but there is no substitute. The American Dietetic Association recommends that mothers breastfeed exclusively for six months and complementary feeding for 12 months. One of the greatest benefits of breast milk is that it is designed to meet perfectly the needs of a child, regardless of the mother’s diet.
Composition of breast milk
Each milliliter of milk provides about 0.65 calories, although this varies as the fat content in the milk changes. Fifty percent of total calories derived from milk fat. The fat content is lowest at the start of feeding and gradually increases as the continuous feeding. The protein content is generally lower than that of commercial infant formula. Most of the carbohydrates are lactose milk, commonly known as “milk sugar.” The vitamins and minerals in highly bioavailable forms and immunoglobulins are other important components of human milk. Continue reading “Does eating too much sugar can affect your breast milk?”