Here’s to baby’s first one thousands days…
Becoming a parent is truly one of life’s surprises. It will amaze and delight you, bring out emotions you never knew you had and even make you start a blog!
I knew I would love my kid like crazy, *obvs*, but what I hadn’t appreciated was how willing I would be to compromise everything in my life just to make sure he’s was perfect. From six am starts, to not seeing my friends so I could take him to swim club. Being a parent is a true gift, albeit one you can’t take back!
The bottom line is – you only want the best for your child.
So, I’ve done a lot of googling and have been trying to educate myself. In the process, I came across some research about your baby’s first thousand days and was interested to learn that there’s a wealth of research around the benefits of importance of protein from breastmilk:
I had heard the term ‘the first thousand days’ several times before, but never really knew what it meant, or its significance. It turns out that the first thousand days start from the day you become pregnant, through to birth and into your child’s second birthday. Yeah sure it seems an age away, but time truly flies when you’re missing sleep!
But did you know?
Did you know that the first thousand days lay the nutritional foundation for life? And what’s startling is that this can positively affect your child’s growth, brain development and resistance to allergies, lasting in to adulthood. As a mother who is going through a child being constantly ill, thanks to nursery, I know all too well how important it is to have this healthy start.
So, I became a bit of a nerd and started to read up for the blog, and here’s what I learnt about the importance of protein in breast milk.
– It’s important to start good nutrition for yourself and your baby from day one
– Protein is vital for baby’s growth and development
– Breastfeeding is a personal choice, however the World Health Organisation recommends it, as it has been proven to support an appropriate rate of growth in infancy (UK Who growth charts based on the growth of breastfed infants, and WHO/DH advise to exclusively breastfed for six months)
– One of the benefits of breastfeeding is that the protein level in breast milk changes as your baby grows, to contain the right quality and quantity of protein to help them grow at a steady rate
– When babies grow at an appropriate steady rate it can help reduce their chances of becoming overweight and obese later in life
If you want to find out more, there’s a helpful video worth watching here:
For more information on the first 1,000 days or protein in breast milk, visit smamums.co.uk, or speak to a healthcare professional.
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