Baby Health Nutrition Radio Shows — 21 January 2013
Breastfeeding & Immunity

Why you’ll want to opt for mother’s milk when feeding baby.

Breastfeeding & Immunity

There’s no doubt that one of the best ways of helping your baby get a good start in life is with breastfeeding. Mother’s milk contains the important nutrients a baby’s brain needs to develop and is believed to help prevent SIDS and diabetes.  Breast milk also enhances the immune system leading to fewer incidences of respiratory illness and ear infections.

Lorna Vanderhaeghe, author of Healthy Immunity explains that “when babies are born they’re not born with a fully developed immune system. What’s happening is that the immune system is learning how to develop at that stage and it takes several years to fully develop the immune system, so it’s very important that a mother breastfeed so that the immunoglobulins, the protective proteins, are transferred to the baby through the breast milk.  So breastfeeding is a very important first step to developing a healthy immune system in your baby.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Lorna Vanderhaeghe, author of Healthy Immunity. Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.

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