Breastmilk not only is the “best” for both you and to your baby, but it’s also the norm – it’s how our babies have been fed since the beginning. One of the most important decisions you can make during these first 1000 days of your baby’s life is to choose to breastfeed your baby. What exactly is in breastmilk? It’s a unique nutritional source that is easy to digest and provides the perfect balance of protein, fat, carbohydrates, and nutrients to promote the growth and development of your baby. Breastmilk contains hundreds of invaluable substances in human milk – probably more that have yet to be identified – including: * antibodies and white blood cells * probiotics (as many as 600 different species!) * hormones * growth factors * antibacterial properties * oligosaccharides (special carbohydrates that encourage the growth of friendly bacteria in the digestive system) * long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (important for the development of their brain, eyes and nervous system) * cytokines (special proteins involved in cell communication and immune system formation) * and many, many more. Breastfeeding not only provides your baby with tailored nutrition, but it’s available on demand, day or night, and it’s free of charge!

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