Breastfeeding develops your baby’s immunity.
- Healthy Baby
- January 15, 2019
Breastmilk contains all the nutrients your baby needs to stay healthy and grow at an active rate. Breastfeeding gives your baby several proteins, fats and sugars that they need. But little did you know, breastfeeding has a host of other benefits for your baby. Breastfeeding helps babies bond with their mothers and boosts their immunity, not just during their crucial growing years, but for their entire lifetime.
Anitbodies and Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Breastmilk not only has anti-inflammatory properties that protect your child from infections that are likely to plague infants but breastfeeding also passes on antibodies from mother to child. Even if you develop a cold or flu during your breastfeeding days, it can be beneficial for your baby, as you will be passing on valuable antibodies for those illnesses to your child, making sure that your child will be able to fight said illnesses better. Substances such as IgA, that are secreted in breastmilk, can help fight infections too. Breastfed babies have drastically lower chances of developing illnesses such as meningitis, stomach viruses, respiratory problems, ENT (ear-nose-throat) problems, Heamophilus influenza and urinary tract infections.
It’s Never Too Early
Even before you’re lactating enough to properly feed your baby, your breastmilk has valuable life-giving properties. The few drops of colostrum produced soon after giving birth are full of Immunoglobulins and other substances that help your baby fight off pathogens. This is why it’s important to breastfeed as soon after birth as possible, as your baby’s immunity will be directly affected by it.
While it was once thought that a higher infection rate in formula-fed babies than breastfed babies was because of the higher possibility of bacterial contamination in formula, we have come a long way now and know the valuable properties that breastmilk has in preserving your baby’s health. The immunity your baby develops from breastfeeding affects their lifelong health. So, it is imperative that your baby be breastfed, so as to contribute to their lifelong immunity.