Milk Protein in the first 1000 days

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Lots of my friends and colleagues have been having babies recently and it’s making me extremely broody! I think it’s perfectly natural to feel this way especially as we’re not planning on adding any more babies to the family! Also as Arlo is turned two at the end of the month he suddenly seems to have left all traces of baby behind! It’s been making me reminisce about all those gorgeous long milky snuggles and breast milk induced snoozes that we shared. I am so pleased that I was able to breastfeed both my babies past a year, as it meant that they got all the benefits of the protein in my milk, helping them to grow steadily, develop muscles and a healthy immune system too!

Breast milk really is a clever liquid, as your baby grows the amount of milk protein you produce decreases; ensuring the correct level for the growth required is always present in your milk! SMA® Nutrition have developed a useful infographic which helps to explain. The first 1000 days of a child’s life are the most important, helping to build their nutritional foundation for life.  Research has shown that the nutrition that babies get from the very start, safely inside their cosy bump in fact, shapes their long term health. It helps their germ resistance, affects any allergies they might develop and basically sets their nutritional foundations for the rest of their life!

I do miss breast feeding now we’ve stopped, it was always such an amazing bonding experience, and I do attribute my kids general good health to having breastfed them. In fact Arlo had Chicken Pox when we were still breastfeeding and he sailed through it with very little discomfort at all, apart from getting annoyed we had to stay indoors for a few days he might as well as not have had them! I’ve written a lot about breastfeeding over the years, you can read my posts here.

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This post was written in association with with SMA® Nutrition. All words and opinions are my own.



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  1. 17th April 2017 / 11:10 am

    Thats a really interesting infographic! I did know that breast milk adjusted for you baby’s needs with regards to illness etc, but I didn’t realise it changed the amount of protein too! I’m glad we breastfed for a year – but I’m also glad to be finished now!

    • 18th April 2017 / 7:16 am

      Yes, it can be quite restrictive can’t it, and if i ever had a third I would definitely do more pumping so I can have a bit of freedom too!

  2. 17th April 2017 / 2:14 pm

    This is why I exclusively expressed for almost 8 months, despite feeling unable to breastfeed. I hope that if I’m lucky enough to have another child, I’ll be able to breastfeed them ‘properly’.

  3. 17th April 2017 / 7:40 pm

    what clever boobs we have! i couldnt breast feed after 3 months, Jacob had acute reflux 🙁 if i had anymore babies i would certainly try to breast feed again

  4. 17th April 2017 / 8:43 pm

    Breast milk is amazing stuff! Did you see that experment that they did with breastmilk in a petri dish? It showed how poweful it is because it was fighting off germs!

  5. 18th April 2017 / 5:18 pm

    That’s a wonderful info graphic. I totally agree that breastmilk is amazing – it tailors just what baby needs. I too miss feeding my babies. But we have 3 now & that’s good enough lol It is lovely bonding times to look back on 🙂 x

  6. 20th April 2017 / 11:42 pm

    Could to agree more on the breastmilk. Kipper had chicken pox thanks to his big brother at 7 weeks old and I am sure my feeding helped him too. This is a really useful infographic and I am sure will help a number of new parents out.

  7. 23rd April 2017 / 7:58 pm

    Wow never realised just how important it was. I’m 10 months into breastfeeding my little one and can’t imagine stopping anytime soon

  8. 25th April 2017 / 1:55 pm

    I only got to breastfeed my last child, it was the best ten months of my life! I LOVED it, I am so sad that I didn’t manage to do it with the other two!!! LOVE BREAST MILK xxx

  9. 26th April 2017 / 2:00 pm

    I’m still going strong breastfeeding at 15 months! X

  10. madelinelittlejohns
    28th April 2017 / 9:27 pm

    I struggled to breastfeed my son, but managed it for 13 months with my daughter, and I think there’s a lot more information out there now to support women to breastfeed. Things like this are so interesting to read, breastmilk really is amazing stuff! x

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