What is breast milk?

Breast Milk

Human breast milk is the milk produced by the breasts (or mammary glands) of a human female for her infant offspring. Milk is the primary source of nutrition for newborns before they are able to eat and digest other foods; older infants and toddlers may continue to be breastfed, either exclusively or in combination with other foods.

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Suleman Octuplets - Background - Post Delivery
... birth, five of the eight infants received their first tube-feeding of donated breast milk ... first tube-feeding and was returned to intravenous feeding, as his stomach was unable to absorb breast milk ... birth, all eight babies were breathing without assistance, and were being fed donated breast milk, as well as intravenous nutritional supplements ...
Breastfeeding Difficulties - Health of The Infant - Transmission of Drugs and Toxins - Other Substance Abuse
... The baby's risk from something unsafe in breast milk depends on how much of that substance the baby gets ... on the concentration of the substance in the breast milk and how much milk the infant consumes ... Finally, that risk is weighed against the risks of using a substitute for breast milk, such as infant formula ...
Breast Milk - See Also
... Breast pump Human milk banking in North America Infant formula La Leche League International Lactation Lactation room Mary Rose Tully ...
Human Milk Banking In North America - Risks and Mitigation
... Two concerns are often raised by potential donor milk recipients and health care providers regarding potential risks of using banked human milk Viruses, including HIV, have been shown to transmit through ... However, as mentioned above, breast milk donors are screened very carefully ... In addition, each batch of milk is screened and pasteurized and retested for the presence of bacteria ...
Breastfeeder - Breast Milk
... Not all the properties of breast milk are understood, but its nutrient content is relatively stable ... Breast milk is made from nutrients in the mother's bloodstream and bodily stores ... Breast milk has just the right amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein that is needed for a baby's growth and development ...

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