Give Your Infant A Fighting Chance This Flu Season!

BabyWith cold and flu season in full swing, it is no surprise that we hold concern for our children’s health; we do not want to see them suffer- ever. It is no surprise then that we will do whatever we can to prevent them from being exposed to illnesses.  Sometimes, however, we will inevitably find ourselves in a situation where our child has been exposed to an illness of some sort.

So how do we protect our children and keep them healthier when we cannot protect them from getting in contact with illnesses? 

Most of us have heard some of the benefits of breastfeeding such as healthier babies with fewer ear infections, higher IQ’s, less chance for allergies, and the list goes on.  But did you know, that when a mother is exposed to a germ, she makes antibodies to that germ and gives these antibodies to her infant via her milk.  Even more amazingly, if a baby contracts an illness while separated from mom (ie at daycare) the nursing child will transfer this organism through his saliva to the breast where antibodies are manufactured on site.  These antibodies are then sent back to baby via the milk to help him fight off the illness!  

That means you are giving your child the best fighting chance to kick the cold and flu season in style.  The breast milk you can provide for your baby is constantly changing to suit just what your baby needs at that time and its benefits are irreplaceable.

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