The main form of nourishment in the first thousand days of life is milk. Breastfeeding is essential to the growth of infants, not just because of the nutrients that it provides them, but because of the emotional bond that it offers.
NATALIA PÉREZ ORTEGA, Dietitian-Nutritionist .
While the best milk for infants to drink is breast milk, if the baby is allergic to the milk’s protein or if the mom does not or cannot feed the baby, it can be supplemented with other types of milk that contain similar nutritional values. According to the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, these types of milks should be prescribed by a healthcare professional who should indicate how much, how often and the duration of how long it should be consumed.
Breast milk doesn’t just provide all the vitamins and minerals that foster babies’ proper physical growth and their brain and visual development, it also supplies them with the energy they need in their first months of life. Unlike formula, breast milk has natural biological compounds that aid in preventing infections, contribute to developing the nervous system and that help protect the baby’s growing tissues and organs.
100% of infants’ nutritional needs are provided by breast milk.
The act of breastfeeding is an indestructible bond between the mother and their child. It is what best allows the baby to adapt to life outside the womb, serving as an extension of the baby’s umbilical cord. It is important to understand, however, that successful nursing is not necessarily just about the baby’s ability to receive milk through breastfeeding.
When there are issues with the baby attaching, their emotional bond can be preserved if the infant has contact with the mother’s breast; in which case the mother must pump their milk.
6 months is the period during which babies should be exclusively fed with milk from the time that they are born.