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Breast milk: Perfect food and medicine that modern technology can not copy

Although the technology has progressed to unprecedented proportions, it has failed - to produce food that would replace the "usual" mother's milk. Bioactive ingredients that breast milk contains are so unique that they can not be copied or created artificially. Around the world every day we discover new insights about the importance of breast milk to the child's health, in addition to the known fact that it naturally adjusts to the age, needs, and even sex of the infant.Therefore, dear mother, be sure that your milk in the first six months (or later) is the best food you can offer your child.

Natural formula for child health 

Breast milk is a natural source of nutrients that the infant needs. 

At the present time when everything is filled with a lot of chemistry, and the air we breathe, the food we buy and drinks that we drink, I think it is very important to provide every child a good start and a foundation in natural food. And what could be healthier and more natural than breast milk? Breast milk is rich in vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and carbohydrates, as well as other ingredients that provide comprehensive child and healthiest - natural formula. 

With plenty of vitamins A, C and E, it contains lactoferrin - an important enzyme involved in the process of iron absorption, another important ingredient for the health of your children. The real nectar nutrients fully adapted to the needs babies. 

Builds healthy immunity and protection against inflammation Breast milk, especially in the first days (colostrum), even later is rich in immunoglobulins. They protect the baby's body from foreign bacteria and viruses and help him in building immunity. By birth a baby in the womb was protected in a sterile environment. From the mother's blood it received everything she needed for the defense of the body, and proper growth and development. After giving birth, breast milk continues to be a patron of this and foster parents. It contains all of the antibodies (IgA, IgD, IgE, IgG, IgM), which prevent the development of various diseases and infections. Antibodies are needed during the period of the first six months, when the immune system of the newborn is still developing, and later, to the first year of life. Breast milk preserves and protects the body of the baby's ear infection, lungs, digestive and urinary systems. It protects from allergies. 

It contains a number of antioxidants, proteins that protect against influenza, parainfluenza and rotavirus. 

It has its own bifidus factor that enhances the natural protection and protects against the effects of E. coli, Salmonella, Shigella, and enterobacteria, and a number of other bacteria, viruses, and pathogens. If infant gets sick, breast milk automatically becomes natural remedy - the mother will produce specific antibodies for a specific type of virus or bacteria. 

At the same time, if a breastfeeding mother diagnosed with the infection, her body produces antibodies that child will receive through her milk and so get an excellent base for natural protection against future infections. 

It is essential for healthy bones and nervous system Breast milk is rich in fat and carbohydrates, important sources of energy. In addition to helping normal growth and development of your children, they are essential for building a healthy nervous system. The proteins casein and lactalbumin are responsible for the growth and development of all tissues in the body - skin, bones, nails, muscles, heart, brain ... In the breast milk they have additional functionality - protecting young body from excessive intake of nitrogen, thus helping the underdeveloped kidneys of newborns. 

Safe food that loves small stomach and easy to digest 

Thanks to the unsaturated fatty acids, breast milk is the indispensable food for your baby. It is easy to digest, comes in a perfect ratio of nutrients and meets all the needs of your baby and is the ideal natural probiotic. It also contains lactoperoxidase, which destroys streptococci and intestinal bacteria. It also encourages the growth of liver and intestinal cells and the development of a healthy intestinal flora. Breast milk is composed of the ganglioside, which are thought to help protect the infant from diarrhea caused by E. coli and V. cholerae. Effectively and in alleviating cramps and ensures regular chair, a problem that often tortured and babies fed milk substitute. Breast milk also turns off hunger and thirst, because all the nutrients, vitamins, minerals and immunoglobulins are dissolved in water in an ideal proportion. At the beginning of each feeding milk is watery, and the first quenches the thirst of the child, and later becomes denser and more nutritious, making it an indispensable food. 

Depending on what the mother feeds the child through the milk meets a variety of tastes and aromas, which later conditions the healthier eating habits. Therefore, it is important that the mother chooses and combines healthy and diverse foods in their diet. 

Breast milk as a cure 

In the season of colds, viruses and influenza, increased breastfeeding best protects your child by giving him the necessary antibodies. It also protects the infant from developing eczema, asthma and other allergenic reaction. Colic in infants may be less severe than in children on artificial formulas. This gives you breastfed child intestinal viruses, which is rare, breast milk will be his best probiotic. Scientific research on antimicrobial activities of breast milk revealed that one ingredient of milk kills as many as 40 types of cancer. You can use it to treat eye inflammation and redness of the eyes and sty in infants, but also with a stuffy nose and dry skin. Pipet the areas of infection or nose. 

Breastfeeding protects baby from: 

infection upper respiratory tract
Otitis Media
urinary tract infection
Crohn's disease
celiac Disease
cardiovascular diseases
Diabetes - Types 1 and 2
sudden infant death syndrome
sepsis and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)
bacterial meningitis
viruses, bacteria and fungi
cancer: an ingredient of milk kills 40 types of cancer
eye diseases

Breastfed babies (at least 3 months) have 30 per cent additional growth in key parts of the brain that control language, emotion and understanding. 

The closeness that breast-feeding means, a lot of contact with skin-to-skin, caressing and cuddling, infant with a real touch therapy, whose effect on the health of proven at dozens of international studies. 

Touch, stories, massage, in the closest contact with the mother the baby will provide additional protection against asthma, dermatitis, insomnia, stress, chronic pain and increase mental and physical functions infant. 

Breastfeeding - a healthy and the mother 

Breastfeeding is not only good for children, but there are numerous health benefits for the mother. 

These are just some of them:
reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer
mother consumes more calories, resulting in weight loss and a return to form
reduces bleeding after delivery
reduces the risk of osteoporosis
Although sometimes requires sacrifice and patience, causing sleepless nights and fatigue, breast-feeding provides special, incomparable bond and connection with the child.

Therefore, dear mother, be brave, breast-feeding can be given a hundredfold or well-being - for you and your children.