For infants and toddlers, drinking breast milk cannot be underestimated. Especially for newborns, breastfeeding appears to have important benefits for the development of serotonin in the brain. There is the content in breast milk called tryptophan which causes the production of serotonin in infants becomes high. The hormone is what will make the baby appear gentle character and has the ability to control emotions.
“Serotonin can be high if given breast milk, why? Breast milk has low Mn (manganese) levels, whereas cow’s milk and infant formula has high Mn levels, high levels of Mn that it would block the production of serotonin,” said Dr. Asti Praborini, SpA from Kemang Medical Care (KMC) Hospital, as quoted by Detik Health.
However, there are times when the baby must be fed other nursing mothers because of certain reasons such as breast milk has not come out or the mother died. If so, then it should remain given breast milk through the adoption mother. As an alternative can be given breast milk from donor or infant formula. The use of infant formula remains to be balanced with the intake of breast milk. If the content of breast milk has been abundant, the infant formula can be abandoned.
Said by dr. Asti, formula feeding will make children at risk of allergies, asthma, ear infections, hypertension, heart disease, until respiratory infections. If only any given formula, the infant becomes prone to have low cognitive abilities of the brain, the likelihood of obesity, anemia, until there is a sudden death (sudden infant death syndrome). This is just some of the side effects of infant formula because there are many others such as child cancer until autism.
Meanwhile if using donor breast milk, breast milk should undergo pasteurization process or heated in a pan along with the bottle. It is to turn off the seed-borne diseases of mothers breast milk donors who might be transmitted to the baby.
“Overall breast milk should be drowned in the pan for 20 minutes so that the disease in the mother is not contagious to children,” said Dr. Asti.
Infant formula is also not a good effect for the mother. The reason, the mother at risk of having diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, breast cancer, cancer of the ovaries, uterine cancer, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, until shortening the distance of the birth.