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How Breast Milk Changes With Time


The most nutritious food that a new born baby can get is the mother's milk. That is why even health experts recommend breast feeding.

In fact, feeding helps both the baby and the mother in many ways. The mother's body ensures that all the necessary nutrients and immunity strengthening compounds are present in the milk. Therefore, the baby needs to be offered mother's milk in the first few stages of growth.

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In various stages of the first year, milk supply and its composition undergoes certain changes to support healthy growth in the baby. Here are those changes...


Fact #1

During the first few days after delivery, breast milk is produced in small quantities. But it is very nutritious. It contains colostrum. It is yellow in colour.


Fact #2

After 2-3 days of birth, comes mature milk. Also, the consistency tends to change from being dilute to much thicker as the feeding stages advance.

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Fact #3

After the 6th week, breast milk comes with antibodies to protect the baby.


Fact #4

After 3 months, the milk comes with more number of calories than ever in order to promote growth.

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Fact #5

After 6 months, the milk comes with higher amounts of omega acids. The purpose of this nutrient is supporting brain development in the infant.


Fact #6

After 12 months, milk contains higher amounts of both omega acids and calories. That is the stage where the baby's muscles and brain start developing faster.

This way, Nature knows how to supply the right nutrients at the right time to the baby through the mother's milk.

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Story first published: Friday, January 13, 2017, 15:37 [IST]
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