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What are the time spans with respect to breastfeeding?

6mo - Exclusively breastfeed
>6mo: breastfeed + complements
12mo: can stop or continue
can continue breastfeeding 'til 2years


What are the benefits for breastmilk?

*immunity (can't get w/ HMS)
infant bond w/ mother strengthened


What are the factors in the changing composition of milk?

1. age of infant
2. infection in the breast
3. w/ menses
4. maternal nutrition status


What are the functions of human milk (HM)?

nurtures and protects infants from infectious diseases


how often does the composition of HM change?

over a single feeding and/or over a day
milk matures overtime (not the same @ beginning&end)


what are the hormones asso w/ lactation? (2)

1. prolactin: stimulates milk production
-released when suckling, stress, sleep
-↓ ovulation & likelihood of getting prego again
2. oxytocin: stimulates the letdown (release of milk fm the breast)
-helps uterus to get back to norm (uterus contracts/shrink)


what is colostrum?

:1st milk secreted during the 1st few days postpartum (3-5 days)
-mature milk day 15
-transition milk: 5-15 days
-immunity: high in proteins (IgA&lactoferrin)


what does too much lactose cause?

Na: fluid hydration


what is human milk composed of?

1. water
-major component
-isotonic (same osmolality) w. maternal plasma
-helps w/ hydration; easier absorption
(water in GI=>diarrhea)
2. energy
1oz of BM = 20 kcal
cals vary w/ fat, protein, & CHO
formula feed = ↑ energy intake (intake > amount)


lipids in HM (2)

-lipids provide 1/2 cals in HM (45-55% of all cals)
-maternal diet affect fat composition
recommendation of fat 20-35%
DHA: helps w/ cognition
medium-chain fatty acids


what is foremilk?
what is hindmilk?

-1st milk baby starts getting
-> watery (helps w/ hydration)
-↓ lipid content
-some CHO (esp lactose)
2. hindmilk (2nd half of milk; end of feeding)
-rich in lipids (for energy)
-> CHO (oligosaccharides)
*empty 1 breast before the other to get fore&hindmilk


what fats are in HM? (3)

1. DHA: Docosahexaenoic acid (omega-3 fatty acid)
-essential for retinal dev
-asso w/ ↑ IQ scores / cognitive abilities
(few formulas have DHA)
2. trans fatty acids
-present in HM fm maternal diet
3. cholesterol
-↑ in HM than HMS
-early intake fm BM related to ↓ blood cholesterol levels later in life
(won't restrict as much as cholesterol)


What are general info about proteins in HM?

total protein: BM ↓ than whole cow's milk
-can overload infant's kidney w/ cow's milk (early in life)
-HM has antiviral & antimicrobial effects *
-protective immunity
non-protein N
- ~20-25% in HM
-used to make non-essential AAs & other proteins (hormones, ect)


What are the proteins in HM?

1. CASEIN: solid product fm the coagulation of milk+acidic/enzyme
-main protein in mature HM
-rich in Ca binds to protein; > absorption
2. WHEY: liquid product fm the coagulation of acidic/enzyme
-remains soluble in water
-some minerals, hormones,&vita binding proteins
lactoferrin (carrier for iron)
-most immunity function
-protein that remains
-enzymes present aid in digestion & protection against bacteria


what CHOs are in HM?

1. lactose
-main CHO in HM
-helps/enhances w/ Ca absorption
2. oligosaccharides: medium-length CHO
-prevent binding of pathogenic m/o to gut, which prevents infection&diarrhea
-works as prebiotic (fosters growth of healthy bacteria)


vitamins in HM

content of vitas in HM reflect mom's diet
HM not rich in iron, but iron is bioavail
lack Vita B12 (vegan/malnourished) & folate
-vegans, malnourished, gastric bypass
missing fat soluble vitas (ADEK)
(infants may have vita k bleeding ∴ shot right after birth)
(iron rich foods should be the 1st foods introduced to bbs)


minerals in HM

Minerals contribute to osmolality
-most have ↑ bioavailability
easier to absorb & metabolize the minerals
-↓ risk of anemia despite ↓ iron content of HM
easier on kidneys


taste of HM

flavor of foods in mom's diet influences taste of BM
-change in mom's diet = change in flavor of BM
-infant > interested bc flavor varies from mom's diet
- > exposure to variety = < picky in life
bc they accept new flavored


what are the benefits of BF for women?

1. hormonal benefits
-↑ oxytocin stimulates uterus to return to pre-prego
2. physical benefits
-prolactin: delay on monthly ovulation ∴longer intervals between pregnancies
3. psychological benefits
-↑ self-confidence & bonding w/ infant


what are the nutritional benefits of BF for infants?

1. widely recognized
2. HMS use HM as a standard
3. nutrients are balanced
4. HM is isosmotic = help w/ hydration
5. meet infant's protein needs w/o overloading kidney
6. > digestible
-has soft, easily digestible curd
7. provides generous amounts of the right lipids
- >energy dense
8. minerals are > bioavail
(formula mimiks HM)


what are the benefits of breastfeeding for infants? pt 1

-↓ infant mortality in developing countries (sanitation)
- reduce acute illnesses
- reduce risk of celiac disease, IBS (irritable bond syndrome), leukemia
- reduce risk of allergies and asthmatic disease
- peanut allergies during prego/breastfeeding
= ↓ risk of allergies
- typically breastfed infants are leaner @ 1 yr of age


what are the benefits of breastfeeding for infants? pt 2

-Studies: ↑ in cognitive ability even after
adjusting for family environment
-edu & socioeconomic status (related to presence of DHA-cognitive ability)
- Reduction of infant pain when BF
3. Socioeconomic benefits
- ↓ illness = ↓ need for medical care
- < likely of kid being ill = ↓ days missed at work
-formula is expensive, affect cost of families


BM supply & demand: what is milk synthesis is related to?

Main worry: worry not providing BM to infant
1. How vigorously an infant nurses
2. How much time the infant is at the breast
3. How many times per day infant nurses
*demand of how much milk is being removed from the breast = > milk will be produced
-*important to empty one breast before the other
*demand is going to ↑ the production


what is the main concern of BF mothers?

worry not providing enough milk to infant


BM supply & demand: does breast size limit a woman's ability to nurse?

NO, the size of the breast does NOT limit a woman’s ability to nurse
-adipose storage is the difference
-smaller breast may hold < milk, BUT milk production is the SAME


BM supply & demand: Is feeding frequency related to the amount of milk a woman makes?

Rate of milk synthesis is variable between breasts & between feedings
-smaller breast may have to feed > frequently bc can store less in breast


BM supply & demand: what are the different methods of pumping or expressing milk?

1. Manually
2. Hand pumps
3. Commercial electric pumps
4. Hospital grade electric pumps
bc babies can't latch on or mouth is small (small surgeries)

↑ frequency esp @ beginning bc will stimulate adequate milk may require 8-12 expressions per day
-comparable to how much mom will be breastfeeding in 1st wks of life of the infant


The Breastfeeding Infant: what are the reflexes babies have?

1. Gag reflex—prevents infant from taking food and fluids
into lungs
2. Oral search reflex—infant opens mouth wide when close to breast & thrusting tongue forward
-swallowing & sucking; following finger when close to mouth
-be attached to nipple&areola *position is key
-appropriate positioning = adequate letdown & milk production
3. Rooting reflex—infant turns to side when lip stimulated on that side.
-sign of hunger when babies act like they are getting milk from inanimate object


The Breastfeeding Infant: how to identify hunger & satiety?

HUNGER is signaled by infant:
1. Bringing hands to mouth, sucking on fingers, & moving head from side to side
2. Crying is late sign of hunger

Allow infant to nurse on 1 breast as long as they want to ensure they get foremilk & hindmilk w/ its ↑ fat content that provides satiety

*Note: High lactose content of foremilk may cause diarrhea


The Breastfeeding Infant: what is the feeding frequency for babies?

newborn: 10-12 feedings/day are normal for newborns
-Feeding ↓s overtime
Stomach is small
- ∴ stomach emptying occurs every ~1.5-2 hours
-feeding & diaper changes are often

(1st few days bbs drink 1 tbsp/feeding)