What is so
special about human milk?
Each species of mammal produces milk to support the optimal
growth of that species. Since no two have the same needs,
each species’ milk differs.
• Cow milk suits the need of a calf to grow quickly and to
walk immediately after birth. Human milk contains three
times less protein than cow milk because of the human
infant’s longer period of development. Humans do not reach
their full physical size for at least 12 years, while most
cows do so in their first year.
• Studies show that specific constituents in human milk play
an important role in brain development.
• The immunological protection passed to the infant via
human milk is unique to the needs of a human baby. The
substances which offer this protection are present in
colostrum, the first milk baby gets after birth, and
continue to be present in the mother’s milk as long as the
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