Protein is one of the building blocks of your baby’s rapid growth in the early years. At the same time, it is important to ensure the appropriate amount and quality of protein. The right way to do this is to feed your baby breast milk.
Proteins are made of one or more long chains of amino acids. For an infant, breast milk is the main source of protein. It contains primarily whey proteins (70%) and the rest in casein proteins. Whey protein is more gentle on the tummy. As breast milk contains more whey protein and less casein, it is considered the best source of protein for your little one.
Partially Hydrolyzed Proteins In Breast Milk
Scientists have found that breast milk contains proteolytic enzymes which partially breaks down complex chains of amino acids into smaller ones. The process of chopping up long chains of amino acids, making the proteins pre-broken down to some extent, is called hydrolysis of proteins. These partially hydrolyzed proteins present in breast milk makes it easier for your baby to digest.
Here’s why the partially hydrolyzed proteins in breast milk are ideal for your little one:
Your baby’s digestive system reaches a matured state only around the end of the first year. Therefore, any food that goes down the digestive tract, needs to be easily digestible. Partially hydrolyzed proteins are easier to digest because of its predigested, simpler form, and help avoid digestive discomfort.
Thanks to the smaller size of the partially hydrolyzed proteins, your baby’s immune system do not reject these proteins as a foreign object. Instead, these proteins help the immune system in fighting other allergens and keeping diseases like eczema, atopic dermatitis etc. away.
Due to the easily digestible nature and higher absorption rate of the partially hydrolyzed proteins, it leaves your baby’s tummy feeling full and satisfied. This, in turn, reduces the risk of obesity.
Being a great source of the right quantity and quality of protein in partially hydrolyzed form, breast milk provides the best nutrition to support your baby’s overall growth and development. It contains the proteins which help strengthen your baby’s immunity and health. You should exclusively breastfeed your baby for the first 6 months to ensure quality nutrition and healthy growth. Breastfeeding is the best way to build a healthy start for your little one.
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