The protein in breast milk and the first 1000 days
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When I became a parent I quickly realised that you suddenly have so many different things to worry about. Feeding my baby was one of them, but my baby getting the right amount of protein for appropriate growth wasn’t something that I can say really crossed my mind. I exclusively breast fed my second and third children until they were one, apart from weaning. Even though I was on a limited diet when feeding Ava (dairy and soya free). I still knew that my breast milk would be giving her what she needed.
Having struggled to breastfeed my first child I decided during my second pregnancy to read more on the subject. Even now I still find it amazing that breast milk changes depending on the weather. Which is why you don’t need to give an exclusively breast fed baby any water on a hot day. The protein in breast milk also changes to meet your babies growth needs – helping to build a nutritional foundation for life. More protein for the fast growth in the early months and less for later on when the growth slows down. SMA® Nutrition have developed a useful infographic which helps to explain.
I can remember looking at my 6 month old babies ready for weaning, thinking ‘I did that’. I grew them from a tiny seed to this sitting, gurgling, happy baby. It’s still amazing!