Cow Milk is Four Times More Salty than Breast Milk
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a research on the adverse effects of cow milk in children under five. The result showed that cow milk have higher levels of salt which is almost four times more than breast milk.
This is what makes world nutrition experts to recommend babies aged less than 12 months to avoid excessive consumption of cow milk. Why? According to the Telegraph, Dr. Pauline Emett and Vicky Cribb, said that excessive salt content in children can damage the kidneys and increases blood pressure. “This is very problematic in health,”
The study noted that cow milk contains 55 mg of salt per 100 ml. While breast milk contains 15 milligrams per 100 milliliters. Thus, researchers suggest each mother to give exclusive breast milk to their children especially in infants less than 6 months.
Breast milk contains all the nutrients and fluids needed to meet all the baby nutrition in the first 6 months of life. Breast milk is very balanced, so that proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and minerals contained in them causes the breast milk to be easily digested.
Breast-fed infants are rarely overweight, dehydrated, have allergies, or infected with bacteria. Breastfeeding provides a natural protection by draining vital antibodies from mother to baby.
In addition to psychological benefits for the baby because they could feel the warmth and physical closeness of their mother, enjoying her mother’s voice and face, while satisfying the need for sucking.
As for the mother, it can help shrink the uterus, accelerate the condition of the mother to return to pre-pregnancy, and reduce the risk of bleeding. Another benefit is the fat around the hips and thighs are moved into breast milk, so mothers more quickly slim and a number of studies have shown that mothers who breastfeed have a lower risk of cervical cancer and breast cancer.