Newborn Babies & Nourishment
Newborn babies & nourishment.....
Breast milk is the ideal food for newborns. It’s designed by “nature” to supply all the nutrients a baby needs for the first year or so of life. It contains a perfect blend of proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals for ideal growth and development, as well as antibodies and white blood cells that protect the baby against infection. It's especially rich in lipids.
The origin of fatty acids in human milk is threefold - (1)from the mobilization of endogenous stores of fatty acids (2)from the synthesis of fatty acids by the liver or breast tissue (3)from the diet.
Breast milk favorably changes the pH of the stool and intestinal flora, thus protecting the baby against bacterial diarrhea. Because of these protective qualities, infections occur less often in babies who are breastfed.
Breastfed children have better teeth and jaw formation, are less prone to allergies, have better digestive functions, and are better able to fight off infectious disease. Researchers also suggest that children may even develop higher intelligence, when breastfed.
Because breast milk is so superior, scientists have tried to make baby formulas as close to mother’s milk as possible.
Medium-chain fatty acids are a valuable part of breast milk. Lauric acid is the primary one. It’s also the primary saturated fatty acid in coconut oil.
What do the medium-chain fatty acids in breast milk do for baby? They aid in digestive function, improve nutrient absorption, help regulate blood sugar levels, and protect against harmful microorganisms. They also have antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and anti-parasitic properties that support baby’s immature immune system.
Studies have shown that babies gain more weight when coconut oil is added to their formula. They gain more weight and grow better because they are able to digest the oil easily.
The ratio of lauric acid to other medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil is similar to that in mother’s milk.
During lactation, lipoprotein lipase activity decreases in adipose tissue while dramatically increasing in mammary tissue, presumably to channel more fat in the mammary gland. A study by Francois, Connor, Wander, and Connor provides new information about the effect of the maternal diet on the availability of fatty acids for the breast-feeding infant. They concluded that the diet of the mother directly influences the fatty acid composition of the milk both acutely and chronically.
Not all breast milk is the same. The mother’s health and diet influences the quality of the breast milk. If the mother is deficient in nutrients the milk she produces will also be deficient. In addition, if the mother consumes toxins such as trans-fatty acids, her milk may contain them also.
Newborn babies & nourishment
It’s important that the mother’s milk contain as much medium-chain fatty acids as possible. By eating a diet rich in these fatty acids, such as found in coconut oil, the mother’s milk will also be rich in these health-improving nutrients.
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