Regardless of the type of food – breast or bottle – the smallest people suffer from the same infections. However, it is known that infants are often protected from them better than toddlers who feed on artificial mixtures.
It is proved that women’s milk contains many protective substances (doctors call them factors), and one of the most important is immunoglobulin A. It protects the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract, the intestinal wall from the penetration of the infection inside. And the chance to get sick when faced with an attack of microbes will be much lower for his “clients”.
SARS is the first to be on the list of possible misfortunes (among them the adeno-and enterovirus infections are the most frequent among the very small)
INTESTINAL INFECTIONS follow (for example, coli infection), they are usually infected from their relatives (through dirty hands, kisses, dishes, linens).
TOXOPLAZMOZ, GLISTS get to the smallest ones from mom, pets and older brothers and sisters.
CHILDREN’S INFECTIONS can overtake the baby ahead of time (the smallest ones, by the way, tolerate them rather heavily). Usually they are “brought” into the house by older children. And in this case, babies who are breastfed will be better protected.
The fact is that with milk they can get from the mother, in addition to various protective factors, also antibodies to the infection, if the woman’s body has already experienced these diseases.
The question of how long to breastfeed a baby is given to each mother. Experts answer it like this:
In order to protect a child from possible infections, various diseases, and not only during the crucial “launch and debugging” stage of all organs and systems, but also in the future, it is preferable to feed him with breast milk up to 1 year.
An important caveat: if this period falls in the summer, it is advisable to continue feeding until the fall to protect the baby from intestinal infections, which at this time are more common. And if the young mother has very little milk, you need to complete the feeding, on the contrary, before the onset of summer, so that by the beginning of the season the baby’s body can get used to the absence of breast milk in the diet.