When you breastfeed directly, your body creates antibodies in response to cues from your baby's saliva and other secretions. After exposure to new germs, your body can make targeted antibodies available to your baby within the next several hours. While a bottle of milk from a previous date will provide your baby with immune factors, it will not contain antibodies to germs that baby was exposed to today.
Do breastfed babies get sick less often? :
Breast milk also contains a host of other immune molecules that also help protect your baby from germs. ... Does this mean breastfed babies never get sick? No, they can and do. However, the illness is generally less severe and lengthy than if the baby were not receiving his mother's milk.
Why is breastmilk good for babies? :
Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. Breastfeeding lowers your baby's risk of having asthma or allergies. Plus, babieswho are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, without any formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and bouts of diarrhea.
Can a baby catch a cold from breastfeeding? :
The best thing you can do for your baby when you're sick is to continue to breastfeed. When you have a contagious illness such as a cold, flu, or other mild virus, your baby was exposed to the illness before you even knew you were sick.
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