Components of Breastmilk part 3

The New York Times reported on a study by PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) describes how human milk sugars protect and coat the newborn’s digestive tract. It is really fascinating. Human milk has numerous kinds of oligosaccharides. The oligosaccharides in milk are lactose-based complex sugars. Each sugar molecule has between three and […]

Did You Know? Components of Breastmilk part 2

Breastmilk has many components. It is 87% water. It contains proteins, carbohydrates and fats. It has water soluble vitamins (such as B12, C, riboflavin, folate and others). It contains minerals and ions like calcium, chloride, magnesium, sodium and potassium among others. It has fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K. It has trace […]

Did You Know? The Components of Breastmilk part 1

The components of human breast milk differ greatly from cow’s milk. Cow’s milk is made for calves and human milk is made for human babies. Most artificial infant formula is based on cow’s milk. The major nutrients in breastmilk are carbohydrates, lipids (fats) and proteins. Human milk contains two types of protiens, curds and whey. […]

Year-End Round Up

Here are the reader’s favorite posts for this year: The first was the three part series on the components of breastmilk. Human breastmilk is a complex and living food. Its benefits are irreplaceable by formula. Women who breastfeed their babies have my support and I hope they have yours as well. Also popular is an […]