How does a new mum protect their baby from bacteria or viruses? -Hacking Parenthood

How does a new mum protect their baby from bacteria or viruses? -Hacking Parenthood

How does a new mum protect their baby from bacteria or viruses that they have never been exposed to? Well, the very short answer is breast milk.

When we are imparting knowledge of breastmilk, and the relaying important aspects of breastfeeding, we tend to mention many things like; protection, healthy gut, best start. No one really goes into the ins and outs of breastmilk. That could be a bit too intense for a pregnant or new mum.

 

Human milk has been found to contain 90 different oligosaccharides forming over 900 different chemical structures, each of which can block infection by preventing a particular strain of bacteria from sticking to the gut wall. (I don’t know how many oligosaccharides are found in this formula with the “patented mix,” but we can safely assume it does not contain 90 different types, in 900 different forms.) Unlike antibodies, they are able to protect a baby from bacteria or viruses that a mother has never been exposed to. What is more, oligosaccharides are just one in a class of human milk components — there are others called glycoproteins and glycolipids — that work by blocking the attachment of microbes to the cells of the gut, so preventing infection.

The Science of Mother’s Milk- Ayala Ochert
From New Beginnings, Vol. 28 No. 3, 2009, pp. 28-29

 

Breastmilk specifically has the ability to help your baby fight off infections and viruses. With over 900 different chemical structures attaching to the gut wall, acting as a barrier to viruses and infections. Making it hard for bacteria and viruses to attach.

While each antibody is specifically designed to target one particular pathogen, the major milk protein lactoferrin acts more broadly. It can directly kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and it also has an anti-inflammatory effect, which helps reduce the pain, swelling, and high temperature associated with infection. Because lactoferrin is quite resistant to digestion, it passes into the urine relatively unchanged and so helps prevent urinary tract infections. Lactoferrin also helps to encourage the growth of friendly bacteria in the infant’s gut. Human milk contains particularly high levels of lactoferrin and, significantly, human lactoferrin is distinct from that found in the milk of other species.

The Science of Mother’s Milk- Ayala Ochert
From New Beginnings, Vol. 28 No. 3, 2009, pp. 28-29

 

Vicky Greene, a mum of 3, has done experiments using breastmilk. Tests have been done using breastmilk and are showing signs of fighting things like E-coli, MRSA and M. Luteus.  Can you imagine that every mother has the ability to save lives and create lives?

 

So when you hear mums talking about the importance of breastmilk, it is backed up with science and facts. Choose breastmilk first, always. The key to a healthy breastfeeding journey is to find the support. There are many support group on Facebook and social media. Groups to meet up with in your local town. Finding other mums who will support you on your journey help share the load of stress because they all feel the same.

How does a new mum protect their baby from bacteria or viruses? -Hacking Parenthood