A New Mother

Early breast milk is liquid gold

Breastfeeding compared to formula milk?

Colostrum (raw milk) and antibodies aren't present in formula milk! Colostrum stimulates the babies digestion which is very important for a newborn.

Protein are found in both breast milk and formula milk. Breast milk got a lower amount of protein and is easily absorbed and digested. Formula milk on the other hand is high in protein but harder to absorb and digest. This is the same when looking at the vitamins and minerals.

Carbohydrates are found in both types but the amount is much higher in breast milk than in the formula milk, and carbohydrates are important for the brains development.

The benefits of breastfeeding!

Immunity: Colostrum and early breast milk contain high concentrations of antibodies, protecting the infant from infections.

Digestive function: Breast milk is easier to digest than formula milk.

Cost: Breast milk is free and readily available as long as the mother remains healthy.

Bonding: Aids in mother-child bonding and communication.

Nutrition: More complete than formula and changes in composition to match the needs of the infant.

Mother's health: Aids in weight-loss, reduces risk of breast cancer, type II diabetes and post-partum depression.

Breastfeeding benefits society

The nation benefits overall when mothers breastfeed. Recent research shows that if 90 percent of families breastfed exclusively for 6 months, nearly 1,000 deaths among infants could be prevented. The United States would also save $13 billion per year — medical care costs are lower for fully breastfed infants than never-breastfed infants. Breastfed infants typically need fewer sick care visits, prescriptions, and hospitalizations.