Two 25ml samples of human breast milk pumped from the same woman, at the same time to illustrate what human breast milk looks like, and how human breast milk can vary. The left hand sample is Foremilk. Foremilk has a higher water content and a lower fat content to satisfy thirst. The right hand sample is Hindmilk. Hindmilk has a lower water content and a higher fat content to satisfy hunger. Although the names may suggest otherwise, hindmilk and foremilk do not flow one after the other respectively. As breastmilk is made continuously including and during the feed itself, the milk is constantly switching between Foremilk and Hindmilk until the baby has had enough
Breast milk refers to the milk produced by a mother to feed her baby. Breastfeeding also provides health benefits for the mother. It assist the uterus to return to its pre-pregnancy size and reduces post-partum bleeding as well as assisting the mother to return to her pre-pregnancy weight. Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of breast cancer later in life.
Breast milk refers to the milk produced by a mother to feed her baby. It provides the primary source of nutrition for newborns before they are able to eat and digest other foods; older infants and toddlers may continue to be breastfed. The baby nursing from its own mother is the most ordinary way of obtaining breastmilk, but the milk can be pumped and then fed by baby bottle, cup and/or spoon, supplementation drip system, and nasogastric tube. Breastmilk can be supplied by a woman other than the baby's mother; this is known as wetnursing.
The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding until six months of age, with solids being introduced at this age. Breastfeeding is recommended for at least twelve months and can continue as long as mother and child wish. Breastfeeding continues to offer health benefits into and after toddlerhood. These benefits include; reduced risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome , increased intelligence, reduced likelihood of contracting middle ear infections and cold and flu bugs, reduced risk of some cancers such as childhood leukemia, lower risk of childhood onset diabetes, reduced risk of asthma and eczema, fewer dental problems, and reduced risk of obesity later in life. Read More......
Not all the properties of breast milk are understood, but its nutrient content is relatively stable. Breast milk is made from the nutrients in the bloodstream and bodily stores. Breastfeeding uses an average of 500 calories per day and helps the mother lose weight after giving birth. The composition of breast milk changes depending on how long the baby nurses at each session, as well as on the age of the child.
Research shows that the milk and energy content of breastmilk actually decreases after the first year. Breastmilk adapts to a toddler's developing system, providing exactly the right amount of nutrition at exactly the right time. In fact, research shows that between the ages of 12 and 24 months, 448 milliliters of human milk provide these percentages of the following minimum daily requirements:
*Vitamin B12: 94%
*Vitamin C: 60%
*Vitamin A: 75%
The quality of a mother's breast milk may be compromised by stress, bad food habits, chronic illnesses, smoking, and drinking.