Benefits

Uterine Involution

Nursing accelerates uterine involution. Immunity

Colostrum and breast milk contain secretory IgA antibodies against Escherichia coli and other potential infections.

Milk contains memory T cells, which allows the fetus to benefit from maternal immunologic experience.

Colostrum contains interleukin-6, which stimulates an increase in breast milk mononuclear cells.

Nutrients

All proteins are absorbed by babies, and all essential and nonessential amino acids available.

Nursing mothers rarely ovulate within the first 10 weeks after delivery. Non-nursing mothers typically ovulate 6 to 8 weeks after delivery.

Breast-fed infants are less prone to enteric infections than are bottle-fed babies.

CMV, HBV, and HIV are excreted in breast milk.

A common misperception: Mothers who have a common cold should not breast feed (FALSE).

Most drugs given to the mother are secreted in breast milk. The amount of drug ingested by the infant is typically small.

GI Maturation

Milk contains epidermal growth factor, which may promote growth and maturation of the intestinal mucosa.

New Mothers Guide to Breast Feeding

New Mothers Guide to Breast Feeding

For many years, scientists have been playing out the ingredients that make breast milk the perfect food for babies. They've discovered to day over 200 close compounds to fight infection, help the immune system mature, aid in digestion, and support brain growth - nature made properties that science simply cannot copy. The important long term benefits of breast feeding include reduced risk of asthma, allergies, obesity, and some forms of childhood cancer. The more that scientists continue to learn, the better breast milk looks.

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