New Evidence On Benefits Of Breast Feeding

Researchers in Switzerland and Australia have identified proteins in human breastmilk — not present in cow’s milk — that may fight disease by helping remove bacteria, viruses and other dangerous pathogen’s from an infant’s gastrointestinal tract.

I didn’t think this was really news, as disease fighting antibodies has long been touted as a benefit of breastfeeding. However, this study has identified WHY this is the case. Human milk contains 2 sugar-based proteins that is lacking in cow’s milk. Previous studies have shown that these proteins can block certain receptors in the GI track that are main attachment sites for E. coli, Helicobacter pylory and other disease-causing microbes, which then prevents infection. Since cow’s milk lacks these proteins, it does not offer the same protection from disease.

Read the entire article here. 

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by amyandsimon on August 13, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    This is probably why my children are still healthy despite their allergies. Although my children have multiple allergies that effect their GI tracts, which we are in the process of healing, they have never received an antibiotic or conventional medication. They barely have symptoms of allergies. The breast milk they received as infants and beyond has protected them from major damage which usually causes reactions like asthma, chronic illnesses, etc.

    Thanks for the info!

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