7 Amazing Benefits of Breast Milk

#1 Breast milk adapts to your baby’s needs. (2/8)

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#1 Breast milk adapts to your baby’s needs. (2/8)

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Your body somehow knows whether your baby is full term or preterm, a boy or girl, and even what the temperature outside is like, and adapts your milk according to your baby’s needs. The milk produced by moms of preemies, for example, is quite different from what moms of full-term babies make. Researchers have found that “preemie milk” – which is higher in protein and fat, and lower in lactose – provides the best nutrition for preemies with very specific needs and is better suited for preemies than full-term breast milk. If your baby’s a boy, your body knows that too. Scientists have recently discovered that breast milk from moms of boys is higher in fat and protein than breast milk from moms of girls. Your body also knows what to do when it’s hot out. In hot weather, breast milk becomes more diluted so that baby gets plenty of fluids.

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