7 Amazing Benefits of Breast Milk

# 2 Breast milk helps your baby to fight off infections (3/8)

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# 2 Breast milk helps your baby to fight off infections (3/8)

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Each tiny little drop of breast milk contains around a million macrophages. Macrophages seek out bacteria and viruses and literally devour them. In addition to this, moms pass along antibodies (from previous exposure to infections) to their babies through their breast milk. Even if you freeze breast milk, if the milk is stored properly, the macrophages and infection-fighters continue to do their job once thawed. The immunological components of breast milk help protect your baby from all kinds of illnesses and infections including ear infections, respiratory tract infections, gastroenteritis, diarrhea, and urinary tract infections, just to name a few. Researchers think that breast milk may help your baby’s vaccinations to work better too. Babies that are breastfed have a stronger immune response, producing more antibodies when vaccinated, than formula fed babies.

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