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Breast Milk: The Mother of All Milk for Infants

The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world! Rightly so, for a mother is truly the one that moulds her child from the moment of birth. //Enabling the child with the best right from the word 'Go' should not be mere wishful-thinking, and in this age of information, the goodness of breast milk must be clearly understood, as a foundation for all round health. The World Breast Feeding Week (August 1-Aug 7, 2006) will endeavor to celebrate the inherent wholesomeness of breast milk for infants, by disseminating vital information of its benefits, which is indeed a significant stepping stone for children.

A wealth of research has substantiated that breast milk is ideal nourishment for infants during the first year, as it is endowed with protective ingredients that guard against infection. Delicate and vulnerable to infections after birth, babies need to be nourished appropriately, which gives them immunity against prevailing illnesses.

Breast Milk: Infant's formula for life-long health

What does breast milk contain that makes it so special for the child? Mother's milk contains several types of immunoglobulins, found in great measure in the 'first milk' called colostrums. Among the available immunoglobulins - IGA, is specially equipped to protect the ears, nose, and throat infections. A vital antibiotic protection against bacteria such as staphylococci and E. coli is found in breast milk, called Lactoferrin, which is an iron-binding protein. Lysozome a key digestive ingredient is found in great abundance in human milk. Additionally, long chain fatty acids, called DHA and ARA which are crucial for the brain and retina is another active component of breast milk.

The versatility of breast milk is intriguing, as it changes in taste and composition throughout the day and during the lactation period, which gives it a distinct edge over formula milk Babies get exposed to different tastes, which is akin to a curtain raiser for
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