The nutrients in breast milk change according to the needs of the child

The benefits offered by the lactation They are known to everyone. This food provides the nutrients needed by the little ones during their first months of life, provides the necessary antibodies to prevent diseases and infections and also initiates a strong bond between the mother and the child that may continue to grow during the coming years.

In fact, the breastmilk You can even change your nutrients to suit the needs of children. This has been shown by a study published in The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine that has proven even during the same day the components of this food can be altered to meet the context in which the baby is.


Changes on the same day

In order to check the alterations that may occur in breast milk, the team made up of experts from universities such as Uppsala, Sweden and organizations such as Heads of Medicines Agencies, analyzed a total of 630 samples of this food contributed by 305 mothers.

The samples showed that as the baby grew and his nutritional needs changed, the nutrients in the milk were adapted. At the time of birth, the protein and fat present in the colostrum They were low and increased when the child grew in size. After thirty years, the levels of these components came down again.

In addition, in special cases such as premature babies, the analyzes showed that the amount of fat present in breast milk was much lower. On the contrary, protein levels grew as did the number of carbohydrates in comparison with that which came from the chest of the born to terms.


The changes are also appreciated during the same day. At the beginning of the day the amount of proteins and fats were higher to meet the needs nutritional after a whole night without receiving the breast. As the hours passed, the levels dropped.

Benefits of breastfeeding

Betting on breastfeeding is a decision recommended by organisms such as Unicef. As has already been said, many are the benefits of this food, among which include:

- It contains all the nutrients that the baby needs to grow and develop healthy, strong and intelligent.

- Contains special antibodies that protect the baby against respiratory infections, flu, asthma, ear infections, diarrhea, allergies and other diseases.

- It is easy to digest and prevents constipation.

- Reduces the risk of postpartum depression.


- Establishes a link between the mother and the baby that can be reinforced over the years.

- Economic savings to be a food that has no cost to the family economy.

Damián Montero

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