Breast Milk Facts

Breast Milk Facts

In The Wonder Of Breast Milk

Breast milk really is amazing. It’s a miracle of nature that fascinates all of us at SMA Nutrition. Our experts have been researching breast milk facts it for over 70 years and, wow, we’ve learned a lot.

Here’s just a few of breast milk’s super powers – some of them might surprise you.

Breast milk is super-clever

It knows the difference between day and night. In the evenings it produces more melatonin to help baby sleep.1

Breast milk is dynamic

It changes as baby’s needs change. Breast milk can evolve from day to day, week to week, feed to feed and even over one single feed.2

Your breast milk is unique

No baby is quite like yours and no breast milk is like yours either. It’s perfectly composed to meet the needs of your special newborn. And no one else.3

Breast milk is not ‘size-ist’

Whether you have an ample or petite bosom, you can still produce the same amount of milk.

Breast milk is a great medicine

When your baby is sick, you produce more immune cells in your milk to help protect them. Amazing.4

Breast milk is a great teacher

It helps baby learn good taste. The more healthy foods you eat, the more baby will enjoy them. Love veggies and fruit? Baby will get a taste for them too.5

Breast milk is nature’s immunisation

HMOs (Human Milk Oligosaccharides) are the unique carbohydrates that help to make human milk so special and are just one of the many things that make breast milk amazing. They encourage friendly bacteria and prevent harmful bacteria from growing, boosting your baby’s immune system.6

Breast milk knows if your baby is a boy or girl

Research suggests that the energy content of breast milk increases by 25% when baby is a boy. That’s nearly 200 calories more. How amazing is Mother Nature? 7-8

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    8. Powe CE et al. Infant sex predicts breast milk energy content. Am J Hum Biol 2010;22(1):50-4.

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Important advice to mothers

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life. SMA® Nutrition fully supports this and continued breastfeeding, along with the introduction of complementary foods as advised by your healthcare professional.