WHY BREAST IS BEST
After a mother delivers her child & the placenta, there is a steep fall in her hormone levels. This inherently causes her body to increase the synthesis of the hormone prolactin (which is the ‘pro’ lactation hormone). This stimulates the alveolar epithelial cells of the breast, activating milk production! Periodic infant suckling leads to further release of prolactin & oxytocin, which stimulate myoepithelial cell contraction & milk ejection (formally known as the ‘let-down reflex’). Early breast milk (milk that is produced in the first postpartum week) is known as colostrum. Colostrum contains protein, fat, secretory immunoglobulin A (IgA), & minerals. The high IgA levels in colostrum are essentially immune cells that will provide passive immunity for the infant & protect the baby against enteric bacteria! After about 1 week postpartum, ‘mature milk’ with protein, fat, lactose, & water is produced. It is interesting to note that the contents of breast milk evolves & changes along with the baby! This is part of the reason why the CDC & the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend breastfeeding. Other potential benefits of breastfeeding include a lower incidence of allergies, upper respiratory infections & GI infections in the baby and maternal weight loss! For more, click on the link in our bio & watch our YouTube episode on “The Truth about Breastfeeding.”
Written by Student Doctor: @medspired ©06/05/2017 All Rights Reserved.
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