(NaturalHealth365) For generations mothers have breastfed their children; but then in the 1950’s bottle feeding became the trend with over 50% of infants receiving formula. Sometimes you truly do not have a choice and need to bottle feed – adoption and babies with suckling issues comes to mind.
Most mothers give their children formula during the first year of their lives to supplement breast feeding or in lieu of breast feeding.
Regardless of your stance on breastfeeding – research shows that colostrum, the first milk a mother makes, should be given to the infant. Colostrum contains antibodies and immunoglobulins that protect infants from bacteria and viruses as well as helps them purge their first stools (meconium).
Science is showing that colostrum may even help reduce the risk of autism and celiac disease.
Colostrum helps children with learning disorders
A study published in Nutrition reported that autism spectrum disorders were found to be associated with the late initiation of breast feeding (or exclusively bottle feeding) that caused infants to miss out on colostrum.
The study found that colostrum is full of omega 3, omega 6 and contains a larger percentage of vitamin A and other fat soluble vitamins than breast milk. They also discovered that the longer the infant was breastfed, the more unlikely the infant was to be diagnosed with autism.
Research shows that breast milk is rich in white blood cells, antibodies and found to be associated with greater antioxidant ability that bovine milk, especially in the glutathione synthesis pathway. When early initiation of breast feeding does not take place, disruption of the lining of the gut occurs, further increasing the infants vulnerability to illness.
Another study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders found that children who supplemented with colostrum for eight weeks, showed significant improvements. With the much needed immunoglobulins from the colostrum, 50% of the subjects showed significant behavior improvement according the Autism Behavior Checklist as well as improved GI signs and symptoms.
Celiac Disease may be prevented with colostrum
A study published in the Journal of International Medical Research found that women who breastfed may be protecting against celiac disease. Researchers discovered that antigliadin antibodies (AGAs) are transferred in breast milk which can modify the immune response in the gut of the infant. Concentrations of the AGA-IGA in colostrum were significantly higher than in breast milk.
Another study, published in June of 2013, discovered that colostrum could be of great benefit in preventing celiac disease. Researchers discovered that early-life nutrition coupled with human colostrum has a positive influence on the duodenal villi that might limit or prevent celiac risk for a child who has autism.
Breast milk is the best way to prevent ADHD as well
In July of this year, a study out of Tel Aviv found a clear link between rates of breastfeeding and the likelihood of developing ADHD. Children who were bottle fed at three months of age were found to be three times more likely to have ADHD than those who were breastfed during the same period.
What if I’m on antibiotics?
I have heard often in my practice that the mothers didn’t breastfeed or stopped breastfeeding because they were on antibiotics and they didn’t want to pass them along to the baby. Please, remember that most formulas out there will be made using cow’s milk and most of those cows are treated with antibiotics and most likely not eating as well as you are.
Take care of yourself as best as you can and your baby will reap the benefits. If you do bottle feed, consider organic formula since the milk does not come from cows that were given antibiotics, hormones or fed GMO feed.
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About the author: Sima Ash of Healing 4 Soul is a clinical and classical homeopath and certified clinical nutritionist who utilizes a unique approach pioneered by Tinus Smits, M.D. called CEASE therapy. The aim of CEASE treatment is systematic detoxification of the causes of illness, leading to step by step improvement and restoration of health in the individual. For additional information, please visit – Healing4Soul.com. You can follow Sima on Facebook at ‘Cease Therapy California’ and through her weekly blog on NaturalHealth365.com
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