The Human breast milk actually contains these:

Calories – 70kcal per 100ml

Breast milk gives the highest energy when compared with goat and cow milk. If breastfeeding is properly done, the energy requirement of your baby can be fully met by breast milk.

 Carbohydrate – 7 g lactose per 100 ml

The main carbohydrate in human breast milk is a disaccharide called sugar lactose which is an important source of energy. Another kind of carbohydrate present in breast milk is oligosaccharides which provide protection against infection. Other anti-infective factors which protect against infections apart from oligosaccharides are; immunoglobulin, white blood cells and whey proteins

 Protein – 0.9g per 100 ml

The protein in human breast milk contains a balance of amino acids which makes it much more suitable for infants. Although the protein content in some animal milk is higher, the intake of animal milk by infants can overload the infant’s immature kidneys with waste nitrogen products.

 Fat – 3.5 g per 100 ml

The human breast-milk fat contains long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids that are not available in other milks and it provides about one half of the energy content of the milk. The fatty acids in human breast milk fat are important for the neurological development of a child

 Breast milk is 88% water

This is enough to satisfy a baby’s thirst introducing water or teas during the first 6 months has been associated with increased risk of diarrhea

 Vitamins and Minerals

Breast milk contains sufficient vitamins for an infant, unless the mother herself is deficient. Although the minerals iron and zinc are present in relatively low concentration, their bioavailability and absorption is high. However, an infant need Vitamin D supplement in addition to the Vitamin D found in human breast milk to sufficiently meet his/her need.

 So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and feed your baby exclusively!

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