The benefits of breast milk to feed the baby are so many that they are unquestionable. But, did you know that among the benefits it helps develop the baby's full physical and cognitive potential? Knowing that in the first years of life, we develop up to 80% of our cognitive abilities, breast milk is the ideal stimulus for the development of the baby's brain.
As the baby grows, he reaches achievements and goals that allow him to continue to evolve and move on to other stages of his learning. Mothers can perfectly recognize progress: we will see how they concentrate on a specific object with enormous concentration, how they recognize their environment, their parents or parts of their body.
A baby's cognitive development goes through a series of small milestones that mark their growth and, to some extent, their future capabilities. In order to achieve them, having a good diet is essential and there is no better food for the baby than breast milk.
The WHO (World Health Organization) and the most relevant scientific societies therefore recommend feeding the baby with breast milk exclusively for the first 6 months and keeping it up to 2 years in combination with other foods.
Breast milk improves cognitive process and it boosts the baby's brain power but what does this mean? Cognitive development is nothing more than the process by which the brain develops the capacities and abilities to learn and involves issues such as attention, perception, memory or language.
And how is it possible for breast milk to participate in the cognitive process of a baby? These are the nutrients it contains and that facilitates it:
- Every drop of grease of breast milk is covered by a membrane called MFGM, this membrane has basic nutrients to stimulate mental development and the immune system of children from birth.
- DHA: it is docosahexaenoic acid, a polyunsaturated fatty acid of the omega 3 family, therefore essential for the development of the baby's central nervous system. When the baby drinks milk from its mother, DHA becomes part of the gray matter and white matter of the brain. It also contributes to the formation of visual function.
- Alpha linolenic acid (ALA), is also part of breast milk and is essential for the growth and repair of cells. It also participates in the regulation of blood pressure and blood clotting.
- Vitamin C: an essential vitamin during all stages of life but which in childhood becomes more important since the baby needs it to strengthen bones, cartilage, muscles and blood vessels. It is also necessary to absorb iron.
- Iron: Although the amount in breast milk is not very high, it is very well absorbed. Up to the age of 5, it is easy for children to suffer from iron deficiency anemia, therefore it is important to maintain a good level of iron in the body.
However, in case breastfeeding is not possible for any reason, there are infant formulas reinforced with all the referred nutrients that can be a very valid alternative for feeding your baby. These infant formulas must be supported by solid research work based on scientific evidence and have all the guarantees.
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