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  • Breastmilk: Shaken or Swirled?

    By: Jessica Huhn

Breastmilk: Shaken or Swirled?

By: Jessica Huhn

Breastmilk: Shaken or Swirled?

By: Jessica Huhn

You may have heard the claim that shaking breastmilk takes away from its nutritional value. However, that’s not true. Today, we’ll cover why you shouldn’t be afraid to shake bottles of breastmilk, including to mix in Ready, Set, Food! and help prevent peanut, egg, and milk allergies before they start.

In this article, you’ll learn:

  • Why you shouldn’t be afraid to shake breastmilk: there’s no evidence to support the claim that shaking harms the nutrients in breastmilk
  • How shaking Ready, Set, Food! into baby’s breastmilk bottle can help protect your baby against up to 80% of food allergies

Debunking the Myths about Shaking Breastmilk

Many mothers think that you should never shake breastmilk, and that it’s better to gently swirl it instead. They’ve heard that shaking breastmilk harms its nutritional value, because shaking denatures, or breaks down, its protein molecules. But this is just a common misconception.

The truth is, there’s no scientific evidence to support the claim that shaking breastmilk takes away from its nutritional value, or that swirling is better. Shaking does change how breastmilk looks, but doesn’t break down the protein molecules in the breastmilk or damage its nutritional value. 

Yes, when proteins are denatured, they can’t properly perform their functions. But some proteins, like the ones in breastmilk, are much harder to denature than others.

To actually break down the protein molecules in breastmilk, you’d have to apply a significant amount of force to it. Think about how hard it is to whip heavy cream! 

Plus, preparing a bottle of breastmilk requires pumping the breastmilk, and eventually pouring it into a bottle. This already agitates the breastmilk in other ways, without breaking down the proteins. Shaking a bottle of breastmilk is no different. It doesn’t break down the proteins or reduce the breastmilk’s nutritional value for your baby.

Ready, Set, Food!: Early Allergen Introduction Designed for Breastfeeding Mothers

Since breastfeeding alone does not prevent food allergies, introducing peanut, egg, and milk to your baby early and often is crucial. 

Landmark clinical studies and medical guidelines recommend introducing these foods to your baby as early as 4-6 months of age, even if you're exclusively breastfeeding. At this age, babies enter a critical window of time where introducing these foods helps your baby to build up tolerance to them.

Ready, Set, Food! can help you introduce peanut, egg, and milk to your baby even before they’re ready to eat solids, and help prevent allergies to these foods. Our system is the only multi-allergen introduction option that dissolves completely into a bottle of breastmilk.

Just pour a daily packet into baby’s bottle of breastmilk, and shake the bottle. Shaking the bottle for at least 5-10 seconds prior to feeding helps ensure that Ready, Set, Food! dissolves completely into the breastmilk. If you only swirl the bottle, the powder's less likely to fully dissolve. 

If you experience clumps and clogs at the bottle nipple, it is most likely due to not shaking the bottle hard enough. Try adding a little hot water and shake vigorously for 5-10 seconds to help. There’s no need to worry that you’ll damage the nutrients in your milk. Remember: shaking breastmilk does not harm any of the nutrients in breastmilk. 

You can start mixing Ready, Set, Food! into a bottle of breastmilk as early as 4 months of age. Introducing peanut, egg, and milk with Ready, Set, Food! can help reduce your baby's risk of allergies to these foods by up to 80%.

 Learn more about why Ready, Set, Food! works for every family.

 

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All health-related content on this website is for informational purposes only and does not create a doctor-patient relationship. Always seek the advice of your own pediatrician in connection with any questions regarding your baby’s health.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If your infant has severe eczema, check with your infant’s healthcare provider before feeding foods containing ground peanuts.

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