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In support of the importance of breast milk for babies, WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of baby’s life to ensure optimal growth, development and health!
If you have decided to embark on the wonderful adventure of breastfeeding, the article below outlines 6 points that you may find interesting… The many benefits of breastfeeding extend not only for babies but also to you as the breastfeeding mother.
The Secrets of Mothers Milk
It’s scientifically proven: breast milk changes over time, evolving throughout your breastfeeding journey, as the nutritional needs of your child change. Its quantity and composition adapt to babies age, changing needs and even their gender.
But what does breast milk contain? Here are all the components found in breast milk:
- A multitude of living cells which strengthen the immune system, promote the development and healing, if necessary, of the organs 1.
- Over 1,000 proteins 2 and amino acids that will help your baby grow and develop. These proteins help to activate the immune system, and to develop and protect the cells of babies small brain during its construction and development.
- More than 40 enzymes3 promoting digestion and the development of the baby’s immune system.
- Antibodies that protect your baby from disease and infection by neutralizing bacteria and viruses.
- More than 200 complex sugars which feed the “good bacteria” of its intestinal flora and which also prevent infections. The best known and the most prominent of these sugars is lactose, which is the one that is best absorbed by the newborn.
- Growth factors that allow your little one to develop in good health 1.
- Many hormones 3 which aid the proper functioning of tissues and organs. These hormones will also help regulate your baby’s appetite and sleep, and even promote the bond between mother and child (for example, oxytocin).
- All the vitamins and minerals which your baby needs and which promote the functioning of the organs, while contributing to the formation of their teeth and bones 1. The exception to this is Vitamin K, which is why this vitamin is given as a supplement to your child at the start of breastfeeding.
- Specific fatty acids which play a major role in the formation of your baby’s nervous system while promoting the proper development of their brain and eyes 4.
The different types of milk
All breast milk differs and its composition changes during breastfeeding. During baby’s very first days, breast milk is called colostrum. Also known as “liquid gold”, it will not only nourish but also protect the baby, while being adapted to your babies digestion capacities. It’s a real immune boost for your child. To help give you a better idea, it acts as a kind of vaccine. In addition, it has a very important role for the digestive system because it serves as a laxative to eliminate the first baby stools (meconium). During the following weeks, the quantity of milk changes over the days and its composition is loaded with fat in order to help the good growth of your little one. It is when baby is one month old that breast milk reaches maturity and contains all the components allowing your baby to grow up healthy: proteins, sugars, vitamins, minerals, hormones, growth factors, enzymes and living cells. Its composition will continue to evolve. It has been discovered that when your child begins to explore the world around him and to put objects in his mouth, the amount of antibodies and protective enzymes against the bacteria with which he can be in contact, increases in breast milk.
The effects of breastfeeding on babies
Breast milk is so much more than a food. Breast milk is a real “food”. It has several interesting properties. The first is to strengthen the baby’s immune system. It also helps relieve cramps and stomach aches. It’s not a myth: breastfed children seem less susceptible to various mild childhood illnesses. Breastfeeding also contributes to baby’s psychological well-being. Indeed, it has been shown that the conditions in which you breastfeed have an impact on your little one. If you are breastfeeding in a quiet and peaceful space, your baby will be happy. On the contrary, if you feel uncomfortable, impatient, nervous or disturbed by the gaze of others, your baby may cry and be disturbed during their sleep and rest time. There is a real transmission of emotions during breastfeeding.
Oxytocin is a hormone naturally synthesized by our body. It helps with the regulation of our emotions. One of its primary functions is to accelerate the onset of childbirth. A peak of oxytocin levels helps promote maternal instinct in the mother, and to stimulate the love that she brings to baby from birth. In the days following childbirth, oxytocin will allow the uterus to regain its place and its initial size, which explains the uterine contractions felt by some mothers at the start of breastfeeding. In terms of breastfeeding, this hormone causes contractions of breast tissue which will trigger the ejection of milk. This process, associated with another lactating hormone, prolactin, induces the rise as well as the secretion of milk.
Day and Night Milk
A study published in the scientific journal Paediatric Research, highlights that breast milk plays an important role on baby’s sleep! It’s true, there are both day and night versions of milk. Its composition is therefore different depending on the time of day. In the morning, milk contains cortisol which will have the effect of a cup of coffee on your baby, giving them a significant dose of energy. On the other hand, in the evening, the milk is concentrated in melatonin, better known under the name of “sleep hormone” to support the sleepiness of baby. If you decide to express milk, try to be careful not to give your little one the milk you have drawn in the morning. This could disrupt their sleep-wake rhythm, with the risk that they may have trouble falling asleep or waking up in the middle of the night!
Breastfeeding, a full sporting activity
Breastfeeding is not easy! Breastfeeding for one day would be equivalent to 12km of walking! It is well known that breastfeeding helps you lose weight.Dr. Mitoulas even demonstrated that “a mother’s body mass index (BMI) decreases by 1% every six months of breastfeeding.”
The Benefits of Breastfeeding on your body
In addition to losing a few pounds of pregnancy, breastfeeding has other benefits.Several studies have proven a link between breastfeeding and lower risk of breast cancer for both mom and baby in the future if the baby is a girl.Prolonged breastfeeding (beyond 6 months) also reduces the risk of developing heart disease5, type 26 diabetes, the ovaries7 and the uterus8 during one’s lifetime.
Breastfeeding and Sleep
Breastfeeding also has benefits on mum’s sleep and recovery. While we often hear that breastfeeding is more tiring than bottle-feeding, the reverse is actually the case in mum’s body. Of all the hormones released into the maternal bloodstream during a feeding (oxytocin, prolactin, beta-endorphins, dopamine, etc.), there are many which have a positive impact on the mother’s sleep/wake rhythm.
First, prolactin accelerates the transition to slow-wave sleep (restful sleep). During breastfeeding, the mother therefore benefits from 30% more slow-wave sleep than in a non-lactating or non-pregnant woman9. Slow-wave light sleep is a phase where we can have the sensation of not sleeping, although it is actually very restful and it is this sleep phase which is increased in lactating women. This is why we often say that the nursing mother only sleeps with one eye closed (the other watches over the baby). Nursing women have also been shown to have twice as much slow-wave sleep as non-breastfeeding women10. Then oxytocin helps to promote a climate of relaxation and calm particularly conducive to rest and drowsiness. It’s this drowsy state that can make you feel sleepy, but in reality, it allows better recovery and better-quality sleep. So do not hesitate to sit in a position that allows you to indulge in this state of semi-sleep during feeding (for example in lying position on the side, with the nursing pillow to secure the position). Beta-endorphins and dopamine are also released during feeding. These are hormones associated with the feeling of pleasure and dopamine also helps to prepare for awakening. In other words, during breastfeeding, mothers have a deeper and restful sleep but also easier to wake up to meet the baby’s needs.
Drowsiness in the day of breastfeeding women is therefore not a sign of fatigue. It is a normal state, linked to the sleep / wake rhythm which is modified by breastfeeding and which promotes better recovery. This is why the many night awakenings do not affect the total amount of restful sleep, provided of course to follow the signals that your body sends you.Information to take into account!
This article was originally published by Laudavie in France on the 13th April 2020 and has been translated/adapted for use on this website.
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