This article is part of a series on breast milk's nutrition facts.
How much protein in breast milk?
Q: Is breast milk high in proteins? What percentage of it is proteins?
A: Proteins only account for 1.1% of breast milk (2.2% for colostrum) but they're critical for building muscles, bones and supporting the immune system.
The main protein present in breast milk is whey at about 60%, which is very easy to digest for babies.
Most baby formula contains another type of protein called casein which is harder to digest. Babies fed on formula have a much higher chance of developing food allergies than breastfed ones.1
How to improve the nutritional quality of your milk
To improve the quality of your breast milk we strongly recommend you drink Milk Boost Tea. It's an ancestral recipe of 13 natural herbs that's been used for centuries by nursing mums in Asia to boost their milk's nutritional value.
For instance it contains Dong Quai, a root also known as the "female ginseng" for its wide range of health benefits for women. It also contains Longans, famous for nourishing the blood and helping nursing women recover from childbirth.
You might also be interested by the other articles in our series about breast milk's nutrition facts:
- How many calories are there in breast milk?
- What are breast milk's nutrition facts? What is it composed of?
- Why is fat so important in breast milk?
- Are colostrum's nutrition facts the same as breast milk?
- Does formula have more calories than breast milk?
- How much carbohydrates are there in breast milk?
1. Mathias, J.G., Zhang, H., Soto-Ramirez, N. et al. The association of infant feeding patterns with food allergy symptoms and food allergy in early childhood. Int Breastfeed J 14, 43 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13006-019-0241-x
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