Breast milk is best for your baby, and the benefits of breastfeeding extend well beyond basic nutrition. In addition to containing all the vitamins and nutrients your baby needs in the first six months of life, breast milk is packed with disease-fighting substances that protect your baby from illness.
Components of Breast Milk
The quality of a mother’s milk is directly related to her diet eg. eating dark leafy greens -> vitamin K.
- Breast milk contains a balanced combination of easily digestible proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates.
- It also contains many living cells that have a long-term effect on the child’s health. These include enzymes, antibodies, white blood cells, hormones, and immune factors. Formula contains zero!
- Long-chain fatty acids found in breast milk are essential to proper development of the brain.
- Beneficial intestinal bacteria and pre-biotics, which nourish the bacteria, are both found in breast milk.
Breast Milk vs Vaccines
- Children who are breast-fed have fewer illnesses as they grow.
- Children who are vaccinated have up to five times more illnesses as they mature, especially asthma, allergies, chronic infections.
- Children who breastfed for more than six months were found less likely to develop childhood acute leukemia and lymphoma than formula-fed babies.
- Coinciding with the ever-increasing vaccine schedule are soaring rates of cancer, which is now the leading cause of death by disease in children past infancy.
- Breast milk antibodies help fight diarrhea, urinary tract infections, certain types of spinal meningitis, pneumonia, ear infections and vomiting.
- Clinical Pediatrics notes that babies experience a dramatic increase in fever, diarrhea, and cough in the month following DTP vaccine.
- Studies point to a reduction of up to 50 percent in cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) when infants are breastfed.
- SIDS deaths peak at two to three months, when vaccinations begin. Over 3500 babies are now dying each year in the USA. Fifth worst in the world. No reason given. Just “we don’t know.” Really.
- Breastfed infants are less likely to be obese in later life, and have less risk of diabetes.
- There are reports in the medical literature as early as 1949 that children injected with pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine were having trouble maintaining normal glucose levels in their blood. Lab research has confirmed that pertussis vaccine can cause diabetes in mice.
- In addition to the benefits listed above, there is documented use of breast milk in fighting HIB and meningitis, whooping cough, strep B infection, polio, rotavirus/diarrhea, measles, and cholera.