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15 Breast Milk Nutrition Secrets

Nourish Birth Breastmilk Nutrition Secrets
  1. Breast milk contains ingredients that kill cancerous cells.
  2. Your body identifies bacteria and viruses found in your baby’s body and environment. You then produce antibodies specifically tailored for those infections and deliver them to your baby through your breast milk. The more breast milk she drinks, the more antibodies she receives.
  3. Breast milk appears to switch on a gene in your baby’s body, which produces a hormone called Leptin. This hormone tells your baby when his tummy is full, protecting him against overeating.
  4. Breast milk contains Oxytocin, a hormone that induces relaxation, and feelings of well-being in your child and in you.
  5. Stem Cells divide and self-renew to create and repair different organs and systems. Your breast milk contains stem cells. These are cells that create and repair the body. These cells are absorbed by the baby, but their function remains unknown. Stem cells are being researched worldwide to cure conditions like Alzheimer’s and diabetes.
  6. Breast milk has millions of microbes (bacteria, viruses and fungi) that are critical to preventing babies from suffering diseases and other acute infections later in life (ear infections, meningitis, urinary tract infection, asthma, type 1 diabetes and obesity).
  7. Breast milk improves intestinal barrier function by increasing mucous which acts as a shield for the baby.
  8. Breast milk “teaches” the immune system, showing it good bacteria from the bad.
  9. Breast milk produce anti-inflammatory substances which keeps the gut alive and thriving.
  10. Breast milk aids digestion by determining how much fat a baby stores while breaking down sugars and proteins.
  11. Breast milk is often used topically to treat infections like pink eye, rashes, stretch marks, and eczema.
  12. Immune-compromised people, retired firefighters, and even male body builders admit to routinely purchase breastmilk, naming it the “greatest supplement ever”.
  13. People in European countries leave their breastmilk out all day and allow it to ferment, and then feed it to their older infants and toddlers.
  14. Some believe breastmilk to be Mother Nature’s archetypal probiotic (and perhaps even synbiotic) food.
  15. Studies on breastmilk, microbiota, microbiome, and probiotics are very new. Research for this field in America is limited due to the source of funding by most research studies being formula companies.

Read about breastmilk and formula here.

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Bottles for Breastfed Babies

Bottles for Breastfed Babies

No Flow Bottle Nipples

“No flow” also known as “breast flow bottles” allow babies to completely control the flow of milk, unlike a “flow” nipple that drips when the bottle is held upside-down. The concept behind the “no flow” nipple is very innovative and conducive for mimicking breastfeeding while preventing nipple preferencing.

Second to breastfeeding, “no flow” nipples increase development of baby’s speech, oral muscles, and facial muscles and prevent babies from being instantly satisfied from milk dripping down their throats, which is what happens even with “preemie”, “slow flow”, or any other flow-type of bottle nipple.

No flow nipples also prevent suckling through bottle feedings as well as sleeping through bottle feedings, so babies are more likely to get in a whole feeding session in an appropriate amount of time. This also increases their chance of having a deeper sleep during their next sleep period. Why?

1) Babies are less likely to wake due to spit up, hiccups, or tummy trouble due to the improved digestion factor with the no flow nipple.

2) Babies are less likely to be waking due to hunger from not getting that whole feed in with a regular flow nipple because they didn’t have to work at it.

Since babies need to “work at” sucking and swallowing with no flow nipples, they do not have a high probability of becoming nipple preferenced by a bottle (nipple confusion doesn’t exist, it’s nipple preferencing from the satiety of a nipple that has a flow caused by not having to “work at” the bottle).

With a no flow nipple, babies have a lower probability of refusing the breast than they would with any other type of flow, even “preemie” or “slow flow” nipples.

The “no flow” is important, because even with “preemie” or “slow flow” bottle nipples, babies get more milk faster than with the breast because it’s still dripping/flowing.

No Flow Breast Flow Bottle Options

#1 FIRST YEARS BREASTFLOW BOTTLE

First Years Breastflow Bottle has a “double nipple” which require babies to make more effort in sucking and compressing the teat in order to extract milk. The benefit for breastfed babies and breastfeeding parents is that it helps minimizes nipple preferencing.

#2 MEDELA CALMA BOTTLE

The Medela brand is pretty genius, like the Dyson of the breastfeeding world. So much research went into their “calma teat” which helps babies create a vacuum between their mouth and the teat in order to allow the milk to flow. Similar to breastfeeding, this vacuum experience with the calma tea lets baby feed, and then pause and breathe. Since babies are “working” at extracting the milk due to the similar no flow, there is low possibility of nipple preferencing or getting frustrated when returning to breastfeed. Medela’s breast milk bottles are compatible with all Medela breast pumps and Calma, making it easy to pump, store and feed using the same container. Only one size of Calma teat available though; if your baby needs a bottle with a shorter teat due to a higher gag reflex, go with the above recommendations.

#3 MIMIJUMI VERY HUNGRY BOTTLE

Created by doctors and lactation consultants, mimijumi’s bottle allows your baby’s suckle to completely control the flow.

mimijumi Not So Hungry Breasfeeding Baby Bottle

Paced Bottle Feeding

If you choose to breastfeed or support a breastfeeding parent, or have a partner supporting your decision to breastfeeding, have a conversation about the method of bottle-feeding which is actually conducive to helping establish and maintain your breastfeeding relationship for whatever duration you’ve deemed your goal to be; feeding a bottle without the paced-bottle-feeding method can disrupt and harm breastfeeding quickly. Paced bottle-feeding helps avoid overeating and spit up from large feedings or feeds that are simply fed too fast. Remember to hold your baby upright 10-15 minutes after each feed as well. Share this video with friends and family:

Paced Bottle-Feeding video by The Milk Mob

Slow Flow Nipples – Bottle Options

If no flow is a no-go, the next best options other than slow-flow bottles to reduce flow preferencing are slow-flow nipples BUT if you can get a no-flow bottle like the three bottles already mentioned, that is best!

The following slow-flow bottles are NOT no-flow bottles:

Recommended by speech pathologists and doctors, the Munchkin Latch bottle is not a no-flow bottle but it is a slow flow bottle which means it’s a faster flow than any of the no-flow bottles above but it’s the next best thing because it has a slow flow. This is preferred 2:1 over Dr. Brown’s because it helps encourage a wide latch which protects the breastfeeding relationship to prevent sore nipples since wide latches help the nipple hit the soft palette and not the hard palette of the baby’s mouth. It’s silicone nipple is BPA-free and it has an anti-colic valve which is uniquely located at the bottom of the bottle to reduce gassiness and fussiness. They even have a pump adapter which works with many popular pumps (purchased separately) so you can pump directly into the Munchkin Latch bottle.

The nanobebe Breastmilk Baby Bottle has a “preemie” nipple and also a “slow flow” and you can pump breastmilk right into these bottles.

Philips AVENT Natural Glass Bottle with the “newborn flow” nipple. This bottle has a leak-free vent which allows babies to control the flow very similar to a “no flow” nipple. Plus they make them in glass bottles, if you’re into being green and reducing plastic and like to wash bottles in the dishwasher without any extra parts. You can still pour pumped breastmilk inside and then place the bottle in a bowl of hot water to heat it until lukewarm, or pop it in your bottle warmer as usual.

The Comotomo Natural Feel Bottle with the “slow flow” nipple.

Lastly, because the bottles aren’t mimicking the shape of the breast, a “preemie” nipple on Dr. Brown’s Bottles – with the wide neck. If you get the regular Dr. Brown’s Bottles, babies often start refusing the breast because they can help encourage a super shallow latch, so get the wide neck bottles if you’re going with these.

It’s common for partners, grandparents, and other friends and family members to ask or even expect to bottle-feed your baby from the first week.

Yes, it is a way they can bond with your baby however most lactating parents do not want this after learning that the first 6-8 weeks are detrimental to building their supply and realizing it can interrupt the nursing relationship they are working on. The first 6-8 weeks for a new mother is imperative for building her maximum potential yield for her milk supply. It also can add the stress of figuring out how to time in a pumping session which can cause fear that they will not have enough to breastfeed if Baby wakes after pumping and it can lead to clogged ducts and mastitis.

Wonderful ways to connect beyond feeding can make for very special moments such as:

  • changing diapers
  • taking walks
  • babywearing
  • bathtime
  • cuddling skin-to-skin
  • reading books
  • singing

Check out these formula supplementing tips, and learn some secrets about breastmilk here.

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Breast Milk vs. Formula

Breastmilk vs. Formula
NUTRIENT BREAST MILK FORMULA COMMENT
FATS Rich in brain-building omega 3’s, namely DHA and ARA. Automatically adjusts to infant’s needs; levels decline as baby gets older Rich in cholesterol Nearly completely absorbed. Contains fat-digesting enzyme, lipase. No valid DHA. Doesn’t change with baby’s needs. No Cholesterol. Not completely absorbed. No lipase. Fat is the most important nutrient in breast milk; In Formula: absence of cholesterol and DHA, vital nutrients for growing brains and bodies, may predispose child to adult heart and central nervous system diseases. Leftover unabsorbed fat accounts for unpleasant stools in formula-fed babies.
PROTEIN Soft, easily-digestible whey. More completely absorbed Lactoferrin for intestinal health Lysozyme, an antimicrobial rich in brain and body-building protein components rich in growth factors. Contains sleep-inducing proteins. Harder to digest casein curds. Less completely absorbed, more waste, harder on kidneys. None or trace lactoferrin. No lysozyme. Deficient or lower in some. Deficient in growth factors. Automatically adjusts to infant’s needs. (i.e., higher in premature infant)
CARBS Rich in lactose. oligosaccharides that promote intestinal health. Some formulas contain no lactose. Deficient in oligosaccharides. Lactose is considered an important carbohydrate for brain development. Studies show the level of lactose in the breast milk of a species correlates with the size of the brain of that species.
IMMUNE BOOSTERS Rich in living white blood cells, millions per feeding. Rich in immunoglobulin. No live white blood cells. Processing kills all cells. Dead food has less immunological benefit. Few immunoglobulin and mostly the wrong kind. When mother is exposed to a germ, she makes antibodies to that germ and gives these antibodies to her infant via hermilk.
VITAMINS + MINERALS Better absorbed, especially iron, zinc, and calcium. Iron is 50- 75% absorbed . Contains more selenium (an antioxidant) than formula. Less absorbed iron, 5-10 percent absorbed. Vitamins and minerals in breast milk enjoy a higher bio availability; a greater percentage is absorbed. To compensate, more is added to formula, which makes it harder to digest.
ENZYMES + HORMONES Rich in digestive enzymes, such as lipase and amylase. Rich in many hormones: thyroid, prolactin, oxytocin, and over fifteen others. Processing kills digestive enzymes. Processing kills hormones, which are not human, anyway. Digestive enzymes promote intestinal health. Hormones contribute to the overall biochemical balance and well-being of baby.
TASTE Varies with the mother’s breast milk. Always taste the same. By taking on the flavor of mother’s diet, breast milk shapes the tastes of the child to family foods.
COST $600 a year, extra food for mother. Around $1,500 per year for formula; up to $5,200 a year for hypoallergenic formulas. Breast feeding families save $600 to $2,000 a year and often much more in medical bills since baby stays healthier.

Educating yourself with evidence-based information is important, and without judgment is so important for your psychological and emotional well-being.  It can be stressful if you feel alone in this, but you’re not.

Already just reading this shows what a great Mother you are!  Go, Momma!

Here are some tips on formula feeding as well as tips on breastfeeding.

Learn more about how breastfeeding heals your breasts here.

Quiz:  Do you know the 15 Breast Milk Nutrition Secrets?

 

Breastfeeding vs. Formula
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Best Breastfeeding Position

Best Breastfeeding Position

Natural breastfeeding using the laid back breastfeeding method also known as the Turtle Method position can stimulate your baby’s pressure points to nurse and heal your breasts while getting a deeper latch! It is also a safer way for your baby to breastfeed if you fall asleep while feeding your baby.

With the Turtle Method, newborn babies can stabilize themselves naturally. This means your baby can already instinctively control certain parts of their body, and will naturally help manipulate your breast to suit their own feeding behaviors. The Turtle Method position gives your baby control of your breast by flexing his or her hands and fingers and then moving them to sculpt your nipples. This position makes it more suitable for them to feed, and it also releases scar tissue in your breast which eliminates the need for pumping because of inverted or flat nipples.

When your baby is faced down on your stomach in the Turtle position, they are touching certain pressure points with their knees, pelvic area, and feet while also allowing gravity to pull them into your chest instead of gravity pulling your breasts downward. Plus, being on their belly counts as tummy time toward their essential development!

The Turtle Method allows your baby to breastfeed much better than when they are laying on their back breastfeeding in your arms because they won’t involuntarily reflex backward when you guide your baby’s head toward your chest with your hand. When your baby is laying on their back in your arms, it is a gravity-fighting position and there is a shallower latch… ouch!

In addition, being on their stomach while in Turtle position actually allows your baby to help release the fluids in your own body which you received from IVs and also from engorgement as your milk comes in. This is due to your baby’s body pressure pushing against you while you lay in a reclined position. With your baby facing down, their body helps through this reverse pressure technique to decrease the swelling and fluids in the breast and draw out the nipple for easier feeding.

In terms of safety, the Turtle Method allows your baby to be fully resting on your body without the requirement of your arms. You don’t have to worry about your baby’s safety. However, if you fall asleep while breastfeeding your baby in your arms as they lay on their back, your baby would have no support.

Quick Turtle Method Tips:

  1. Lay back or recline in a chair and place your baby on your tummy, diagonally across your body with their cheek on the upper part of your breast. You should be fully reclined. If your baby starts slipping, you’re not laying back far enough. The natural curves of your body will support your baby sans props, and gravity will assist in a deep latch while your baby receives skin-to-skin contact.
  2. When your baby’s pressure buttons are pushed, their coordination improves. This was identified at Prague School by Scientists as Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization or DNS. To activate your newborn’s internal GPS so that your baby knows where they are and what they need to do, they need to feel their entire front against you and touching you with their complete body. This full frontal contact activates their pressure buttons located on their wrists, ribs, inside of their knees, and tops and bottoms of their feet, stabilizing their spine, which gives them better control over their own movements, so they can feed more effectively.
  3. Lastly, adjust your breast.
Breastfeeding Positions
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Breastfeeding Tips

Nourish Birth Breastfeeding Tips

Breast care and breastfeeding go hand-in-hand. A Newborn Care Specialist can help expected and new mothers with breastfeeding by discussing and demonstrating:

  • nutritional support for increasing milk supply
  • milk storage
  • nipple care and breast wellness
  • bottles for breastfed babies
  • nipple sizes
  • how often to feed
  • how much to feed
  • physical signs of your infant getting enough nutrition
  • guidelines for weight gain
  • signs of underfeeding and over feeding
  • safe breastfeeding tips
  • the most popular breastfeeding positions
  • best breastfeeding positions for c-section births
  • bottle temperature
  • converting CCs to ounces
  • choosing and using a pump
  • how to clean and sterilize bottles and equipment
  • benefits of nursing
  • the Kangaroo Care method
  • and any questions you have
Related Topics

* Read about better Breastfeeding Positions such as the Turtle Method in which newborn babies can stabilize themselves naturally. This means your baby can already instinctively control certain parts of their body, and will naturally help manipulate your breast to suit their own feeding behaviors.

* Bonding with your newborn baby can happen immediately after birthing through a method called Kangaroo Care. This promotes psychological and physical well-being for both your newborn and for you as the mother. Kangaroo Care includes skin-to-skin contact and exclusively breastfeeding.

* Learn the 15 Breast Milk Nutrition Secrets

* Compare the composition of Breast Milk vs. Formula

* Educating yourself with evidence-based information is important, and without judgment is so important for your psychological and emotional well-being.  It can be stressful if you feel alone in this, but you’re not.