A reminder of the amazing ways breastmilk protects babies

Our local Dr. Anne Eglash is a fantastic resource for current breastfeeding medicine information. This latest IABLE (Institute for the Advancement of Breastfeeding and Lactation Education) article talks about protective factors in breastmilk – something that many healthcare providers and parents are wondering about during a time of infectious disease fears. (I’m posting this during the COVID-19 pandemic of spring 2020.)

A snippet from the end of her brief but informative article:

When someone asks you, ‘isn’t it just antibodies,’ here is a one-liner:

‘Of course it is not just antibodies, haven’t you ever heard of ACE CHOICE? (Antibodies, Cytokines, Epidermal growth factor, Carotenoids, Hormones, Oligosaccharides, Interleukin-10, Cells that fight infection, and Essential fatty acids for neuro development?’

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