5 Important Nursing Nutrients

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The incredible benefits of breastfeeding have been screamed from the mountaintops for years now, and the message seems to be catching on. Stats show that 71 percent of moms now start out breastfeeding their babies.

But there’s a significant drop-off by six months: only 36 percent of moms are still nursing at that point. If possible for you to continue, consider this: your baby gets so many benefits from drinking breast milk. It has more than 200 known beneficial elements, including antibodies, living cells, enzymes, white cells and hormones that just can’t be replicated in formula, according to the American Pregnancy Association.

Add in reducing the likelihood of ear infections, asthma and SIDS and it seems like a no-brainer. Still need convincing? These five nutrients in breast milk are crucial to your baby’s development.

1. Proteins

They protect the baby from viruses, bacteria and E.Coli, Salmonella and allergies, and are essential in the development of the brain and eyes.

2. Fats

Essential for brain and nervous system development and the absorption of vitamins. It’s also a primary calorie source for your baby.

3. Vitamins and minerals

Calcium, phosphorus and iron are crucial to your baby’s health and are more efficiently absorbed into the bloodstream in breast milk than in formula.

4. Carbs

40 percent of your baby’s total calories will come from lactose, which helps fight disease and the growth of healthy bacteria in the stomach.

5. Hormones

They help your baby’s growth, metabolism and physiology.

Now, if only someone would make a power-packed drink like this for grownups!

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