Breastmilk is Nature's perfect food for your baby. Here's what makes it so special.
Breastmilk is a miracle of nature - it contains everything your baby needs for healthy growth and development. Click on the components below to find out what they do for your baby.
Breastmilk contains all the nutrients your baby needs for the first few months of life, including protein, energy, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, in the perfect quantities. To make sure your milk is nutritious and plentiful, it’s important to eat a healthy, balanced diet while breastfeeding and drink plenty of water.
Omega 3 & 6 LCPs
Long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (called LCPs) are unsaturated fats that play many useful roles in the body. Two of the most significant LCPs are the Omega 3 LCP (known as DHA), and the Omega 6 LCP (known as AA). AA and DHA are important components of the brain and the retina (inside the eye); this makes them especially important for your baby's rapidly-growing mind and developing vision.
These are indigestible carbohydrates (or dietary fibres) which support the growth of ‘friendly bacteria’ in your baby’s tummy, which in turn help promote healthy and comfortable digestion. Breastmilk contains lots of prebiotic oligosaccharides, which help soften the stools of breastfed babies.
Friendly bacteria are live probiotic cultures that support healthy gut flora and therefore play an important role in your baby’s developing immune system.
Other important natural substances
Breastmilk also contains lots of other substances that contribute to your baby’s healthy development, including:
- Antibodies (immunoglobulins) and lysozyme: act directly against ‘bad’ bacteria
- Antioxidants and neurotransmitters: help the immune response
- Lactoferrin: helps the body to absorb iron and also acts against ‘bad’ bacteria
- Many other ingredients that have not been identified or explored