Posted on Jun 29, 2007 | Comments 1
Every parent wants to give their babies the very best.
Milk production for every mother starts within 24-48 hours of giving birth to your baby.
When it comes to nutrition, the best and first baby food is breast milk.
According to experts every mother can give breast milk as baby food for six to 12 months.
The only best and acceptable alternative to this baby food is infant formula.
Solid baby foods can be introduced when the baby is 4 to 6 months old, but the baby should drink breast milk or formula for a full year. Do not give cowâ€™s milk as baby food, because cowâ€™s milk contains different types of proteins than breast milk.
Infant babies have difficulty in digesting the cowâ€™s milk. Obviously bottle-fed infants tend to be fatter than breast-fed infants, but not necessarily healthier.
Most of the breastfeeding mothers frequently ask how to know their babies are getting enough milk. Weight gain is the best indication whether the baby is getting enough milk.
Breast milk contains more than 100 ingredients which are not found in formula. No babies are allergic to breast milk as baby food. Breast milk as baby food is needed for the first year of baby life, and then as long as desired after that.
The benefits of breast milk as baby food:
Baby food can lower the risk of following diseases.
- Thyroid problems
- Breast cancer
- Gastrointestinal diseases
- Respiratory infections such as wheezing, sneezing, coughing and so on
- Urinary tract infection
- Staphylococcal infections
- Celiac disease
- Ear infections
- Protects from illness
Other benefits of first baby food:
The primary benefit of breast milk is nutritional. Breast milk contains the right amounts of fatty acids, lactose, water, and amino acids for human digestion, brain development, and growth.
About 80 percent of the cells in this baby food are macrophages, and these cells can help to kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Sucking at the breast promotes good jaw development. It is a difficult work for your baby to get the milk out of the breast than a bottle.
The exercise in taking this baby food will strengthen the jaws and encourages the growth of straight and healthy teeth. Your baby can also control the flow of milk by sucking and stopping.
Baby food, the formula from the bottle must constantly suck or react to the pressure of the nipple placed in the mouth.
In the initial days after the birth of the baby, she will need to be fed 8-12 times in a 24 hour period. Breast milk as the baby food is more quickly digested than formula, so that the baby needed frequent feeding.
Breastfeeding can considerably reduce the transmission of HIV from the mother to child in infants less than 6 months old.
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