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Healthy Growth During Infancy: The Role of PHPs In Breast Milk

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A mother always wants what’s best for her baby, especially when it comes to nutrition and health. And the best nutrition is breast milk, the perfect natural nutrition for your baby. Breast milk contains the appropriate amount of nutrients required for proper growth and development.

In the first six months of a baby’s life, they start to develop the ability to digest foods and fight infections. The nutrients in breast milk support these functions. The partially hydrolyzed proteins (PHPs) in breast milk are easy to digest, helping digestion and reducing the risk of problems like protein allergy.

What are PHPs?

Proteins are a complex group of interlinked amino acids. They are usually more difficult to digest. Proteolytic enzymes help digest protein, but as a newborn’s digestive system is not fully developed, the concentration and activity of proteolytic enzymes are lower among infants compared to adults.

The protein in breast milk is partially hydrolyzed, meaning that they are partially broken down into simpler chains of amino acids. Breast milk protein is thus adapted to the baby’s immature digestive system. This makes them easier for the baby’s body to absorb, promoting healthy growth and development.

The proteins in breast milk are said to be partially hydrolyzed proteins (PHPs) as they are partially broken down into smaller units, making them easier for the baby’s immature digestive system to break down.

PHPs Present In Breast Milk

Here are a few reasons why partially hydrolyzed proteins are best for your baby’s needs:

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Easy Digestion: 

Infants are more susceptible to digestive problems as their digestive system is still in the early stages of development. The PHPs in breast milk are easy to digest, and avoid strain on your baby’s immature digestive system and kidneys. Hence, it is the best option for babies.

Improved Gut Health: 

The PHP present in breast milk allows the growth of healthy bacteria that is meant to improve gut health and digestion. The healthy bacteria helps protect the body against harmful bacteria, thereby boosting your baby’s immunity.

Protects Against Allergens: 

The size of the partially hydrolyzed proteins present in breast milk is very small. So the protein does not appear as a threat to the baby’s immune system. This helps reduce the risk of allergies like dermatitis, eczema and rhinitis.

Prevents Obesity: 

Breastfed babies have a lower risk of becoming obese. This is because the hydrolyzed proteins in breast milk are easier to absorb and digest. This means that your baby won’t need anything more to have a full tummy.

The protein in breast milk helps support a baby’s healthy growth and prevent the development of allergies, digestive problems and obesity. Breast milk contains the appropriate amount of proteins in partially hydrolyzed form, making it less taxing on the immature organs, as well as beneficial for the development of muscles, bones, and immunity.

Therefore, for the first six months, breast milk is all your baby needs. It is recommended that you breastfeed until the age of at least two years to help give your baby the gift of healthy growth and development.

Disclaimer- All the information provided is for reference purposes only. Please do not consider this as a medical advice. Start Healthy Stay Healthy programme is for educational purposes only, in partnership with doctors. Always consult a doctor if you have any questions related to your own health or the health of your child.

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