Early Life Nutrition

Understanding More About Breast Milk

Breast milk is the most natural way to feed a baby and also provides the best source of nutrition. Research has shown that breast milk contains many components that provide the best type of nutrition for infants to help give them the best start in life.

Contains Natural Antibodies that EnhanceBabies’ Immunity¹

In the first few months after birth, babies could get infection easily due totheir immature immune system. Breastmilk, especially colostrum, containsnatural antibodies, living immune cells, enzymes, etc. that boost babies’immunity and reduce their chance of having diarrhoea, chest infection and other different kinds of diseases requiring hospitalisation. 

 

Offers Comprehensive Nutrients that Foster Growth¹

Breastmilk is a living substance. Mothers are able to produce breastmilk with varied combinations of nutrients including DHA, Taurine etc. that are biologically specific to meet their babies’ needs at different stages of growth. Breastmilk helps babies in the development of different parts of their body such as the brain, the eyes and the digestive system. Besides, breastmilk also contains special enzymes that help babies digest and absorb nutrients.

 

References:

(1) Department of Health, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, “Love, Starts from Breastfeeding” Brochure, Apr 2017

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