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Breastfeeding: The special bond between a mom and her baby!

Posted: February 22, 2017
By: Dr Rubin and interns

The connection between a mother and her child is truly fascinating. The process of bonding occurs both during pregnancy and after delivery. While in the womb, immune cells travel from the mother to her baby through the placenta which boosts the baby’s immune system to protect the baby against bacteria and viruses. After birth, immune cells are transmitted through breastmilk!  What a brilliant idea!

Did you know that breast milk is customized according to the sex of the baby? Furthermore, did you know your breastmilk is specially formulated to be exactly what the baby needs ALL THE TIME? Breast milk is a complete food for the baby and the benefits of breast milk extend way beyond nutrition. Most people don't know that breast milk changes every day based on signals from the baby. So the mother will make the immune cells that provide the baby with natural immunity to exactly what illnesses the mom has been exposed to. 

-    Studies have shown that breastfed babies have a lower risk of developing ear infections, pneumonia, diarrhea and have a lower incidence of chronic conditions later in life such as diabetes, Crohn´s disease and asthma.

-    Mothers who breastfeed have a lower incidence of postpartum depression and are more likely to get back to their pre-baby weight. Studies also show a lower incidence of women who develop breast and ovarian cancers later in life

-    How about the cost? breastfeeding is completely FREE!! On average, families who use formula spend around $1,700 every year on formula alone. Nutrition plus immune system boosting plus bonding between mom and baby.  Cost: $0.  Value: Priceless.


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