Breastmilk: Sugar & Spice & All Things Nice?

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action recommends that moms breastfeed within one hour of birth and continue to do so exclusively until the age of six months before introducing solids slowly. Cellnutrition explains why a mother’s breastmilk remains the best and most complete source of nutrition for a new-born baby, what exactly it's made of and how to ensure that both mom and tot are receiving all the good stuff for optimum health. 

Whether you are breastfeeding, expressing for bottle feeding or both, breastmilk is vital to the healthy development of your baby. There is no complete substitute for a mother’s breastmilk. But is the old proverb ‘you are what you eat’ true for a mother of a new-born baby who is breastfeeding?  

Although we know where it’s made, did you know that breastmilk is produced from elements supplied by the mother’s blood and not directly from the food that she eats? It is the quality of her blood that produces the best quality milk to deliver the necessary carbohydrates, vitamins, nutrients, enzymes, probiotics, water, fats, essential fatty acids, proteins and antibodies among other things to make healthy milk. 

Of course, mom’s diet is crucial to her health, the health of her blood in producing milk and in providing the baby with optimal nutrition. Although it’s not optimal, the good news is that if the mother is deficient in a nutrient for whatever reason, the baby is still able to obtain those nutrients at a bioavailable level from her breastmilk. But not for long.  

Minerals in breastmilk are largely protein-bound and balanced in proper ratios to enhance their availability for the baby’s needs. When the minerals are carried together, infants can use them more efficiently reducing the demand on the mother’s reserves.  Minerals delivered in the milk work closely with other elements and vitamins to react with complex biochemicals in the baby’s body for healthy metabolism, excretion, digestion and absorption. Most importantly, the breastmilk makes these nutrients bioavailable to the baby, meaning that they can be absorbed, retained and removed by its little system effortlessly. 

But what extra vitamins, trace elements and minerals should mom be taking to create the best quality breastmilk? Is it Iron? Is it Magnesium? Is it Potassium? Is it Zinc? And how much, how often? Let’s look at the facts. 

To create healthier blood, mom should be supplementing with exactly 78 trace elements, minerals  and electrolytes as well as ultra-pure, plant-based, essential fatty acids found in Omega 3, 6 and 9. These are very important and considered essential because the body is unable to produce them. Therefore, a healthy diet is so important. The prevalence of inadequate intakes was high in one study providing evidence that breast milk may not be a sufficient source of minerals and trace elements for infants. This study collected from The Journal of Nutrition aimed these findings in developing countries such as Guatemala.  

Nutritionists and dieticians always recommend that lactating moms eat healthy whole foods, fresh from earth as often as possible. Avoid Caffeine, Nicotine, Alcohol and even Fish. However, we live fast-paced, convenience-driven lives, with ever decreasing amounts of nutrients in our diets. In fact, research conducted by various health organisations has proven that the food we consume today has far less nutritional value. For example, moms would need to eat eight oranges today to obtain the same number of micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals from eating only one orange 50 years ago. As a rule of thumb, a breastfeeding mom will need to increase her calorie by 400 nutrient rich calories per day.  

Cellnutrition recommends that lactating mothers invest in its Health Bundle. This includes various 100% natural products that are safe for mother and baby. It is designed to ensure that mom receives all 78 trace elements and minerals as well as highest dose of plant-based Omega 3, 6 and 9 plus Vitamin E in the right quantities and in a bioavailable form that makes it readily available to the body to slip into the blood stream.  

Breastmilk also provides generous amounts of lipids in the form of essential fatty acids, saturated fatty acids, medium-chain triglycerides, and cholesterol. Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, especially docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which promotes optimal development of the central nervous system, are present in human milk but are not always available in the right quantities in breastmilk substitutes. If this is also a concern, consider investing in Cellnutrition Quinton Isotonic and Omegabiocell369 KIDS for your baby- created to make sure that you’ve got all bases covered.  

Sources:   

The Journal of Nutrition, Volume 146, Issue 10, October 2016, Pages 2067–2074, https://doi.org/10.3945/jn.116.232223 

Manuel de Rezende Pinto and Agostinho A. Almeida (September 5th 2018). Trace Elements in the Human Milk, Trace Elements - Human Health and Environment, Hosam El-Din M. Saleh and Eithar El-Adham, IntechOpen, DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.76436.  

Table 1. This is a great chart to use as a reference  

Summary of available data on trace element levels in human milk.