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The First One Thousand Days – The Importance of Protein in Breast Milk

17th April 2017
the first 1000 days of a babies life are the most important and when they require a lot of protein

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The first one thousand days of your baby’s life, right through from conception to toddlerhood, are not only the craziest, and often toughest days, but also the most important days for both baby and parents. During these days you will form bonds, discover new roles, and also set up your child’s nutritional foundation for life.

The first one thousand days are also the hardest days, the days when it is near enough impossible to think about getting through until the end of the day, let alone worry about health and nutrition. Thankfully these clever bodies of ours do all the hard work for us.

Fellow sleep deprived mama, do not fear, your breast milk is enough, your breast milk is packed full of good quality protein and will see your little baby flourish, as they’ll get the right amount at the right time.

In fact, breastfeeding has been proven to support an appropriate rate of growth* in infancy (*UK-WHO growth charts based on the growth of breastfed infants, and World Health Organisation/Department of Health advice to exclusively breastfeed for 6 months). The protein level in breast milk changes and decreases as babies grow, meaning it contains the right quality and quantity of protein to help them grow at a steady rate.

Over the past 90 years, SMA® Nutrition has invested in early life nutrition research, and is committed to supporting good nutrition for babies during the first 1000 days which is why they have created this fab little infographic showing just how amazing protein in breast milk is.

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  • Reply Bear and Cardigan 23rd April 2017 at 2:32 pm

    The first 1000 days are so important. I didn’t know protein decreased in breast milk as the baby grows, Wow isn’t nature wonderful

  • Reply Lianne 23rd April 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Such an interesting set of facts here ! Thanks for sharing xx

  • Reply Jo Henley 23rd April 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Fascinating infographic, I also didn’t know protein reduced. Great for mums to read x

  • Reply Michelle Twin Mum 24th April 2017 at 12:10 pm

    So amazing that breastmilk morphs into what the child needs. Thanks for sharing. Mich x

  • Reply Sarah - Arthurwears 25th April 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Breastmilk is amazing isn’t it?! And reassuring to know there are other options out there if it doesn’t work out too. X

  • Reply Rachel Bustin 26th April 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Very interesting facts!

  • Reply Donna 26th April 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Those first 1000 days are just so important aren’t they? I love a good infographic x

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