The benefits of breastfeeding have long been known and are becoming even more so with the research that is being done to support its health benefits. Just to name a few, babies that are breastfed have:
23% less ear infections than babies who are exclusively formula fed
42% reduction in eczema
64% reduction in gastrointestinal issues
27% reduction in asthma
19% decrease in risks for childhood acute lymphocytic leukemia
36% reduction in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
These are just the scientifically shown benefits to the baby. We shouldn’t forget the positive effects on mother-child bonding, child development, and IQ. Mom also benefits by having a decreased risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
What is in breast milk that makes it so beneficial to baby? Secretory IgA is an immunoglobulin that protects baby from viruses and bacteria. Immunoglobulins IgM and IgG are also present and do the same thing. Lysozyme is an enzyme that protects from E coli and salmonella. Bifidus factor supports the growth of lactobacillus, which protects the baby against harmful bacteria and regulates digestive function. Human breast milk also contains essential fatty acids that are necessary for brain and nervous system development. Leukocytes are living cells that are only found in breast milk. They help fight infection and cannot be added to formula.
With all of this in mind, I was astonished to read recent recommendations from the CDC that breastfeeding moms should discontinue breastfeeding in order to make vaccines more effective. A recent paper published claimed that the immune boosting effects of breast milk are a detriment to the efficacy of vaccines. So, rather than remove the vaccines and let breast milk do its job, women should instead remove breast milk to allow the vaccines to do their job.
When you go to the CDC’s website, you will see at the top, CDC 24/7: Saving Lives. Protecting People. Saving Money through Prevention. Breast milk has obviously saved lives, protects people, and is free, without any risks or side effects, unlike the vaccines they recommend. Our bodies were given innate intelligence. The production of breast milk for babies is just one of those. What makes the most sense to you?