Latest News on Germs That Every Breastfeeding Mom Needs to Know

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Still indecisive about breastfeeding? Here's another reason to nurse your newborn. Researchers from the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan have discovered that breastfeeding babies are more immune to allergies and asthma because they receive good germs from mom.

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Doctors studied the gut microbiome, which plays a vital part in a baby's developing immune system, in six separate trials. They tracked the mother's nursing and then tested to find any allergies or asthma in the children.

Turns out, breastfeeding exposes a baby to moms germs (good germs!) and these germs are digested by the baby. Doctors then studied stool samples from the newborns when they were one to six months old, and tracked their white blood cell counts, which are necessary for a proper immune system growth.

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And get this. One-month-old babies who were nursing had a specific microbiome that immediately lowered their risk of developing allergies or asthma.

It's the intricate combination of cells, hormones, and antibodies in a mother's breast milk that not only can lower a baby's risk of obesity and leukemia, but can also clearly decrease their chances of asthma or allergies.

Believe it or not, these germs are good germs. So go ahead and file this one in the pro-breastfeeding column.

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