Breastfeeding is directly reducing the death toll of children. An estimated 830,000 babies survive each year that would not have because of breastfeeding. Very specific immune antibodies are transferred from mother to baby that protect the infants from literally thousands of different diseases. Bill Gates’ entire fortune and our best science could not make a baby formula even near the immune powerhouse of breast milk. These immune factors especially protect the baby during the first two years of life when their own immune system is not fully functional. This boost to the young immune system continues years after breastfeeding has stopped.
There are many examples of the backwardness of this world we live in. One of them is that women choose to purchase expensive, powdered concoctions to feed their babies when they have the most perfect food within them. If all mothers globally began solely breastfeeding their babies, it could reduce the death rate for children under five by 13 percent. This is remarkable. Despite this fact, only 36 percent of babies under age six months are exclusively breast fed. With so much at stake, we need to do more to reach women with a simple, powerful message: Breastfeeding can save your baby’s life.
Breast milk doesn’t only keep a baby from going hungry, it ensures proper nourishment, giving a baby everything it needs for nearly the first year of life. In developing countries, in particular, this means less incidence of malnourishment. Also, the molecules in breast milk are crucial in feeding a healthy immune system, setting a child up to successfully fight infections and disease throughout their childhood.
Millions of children are not being breastfed. And there are many reasons for this. For one, low-income mothers in developed nations are often provided formula free of charge. Likewise, in developing countries, the poorest families can often get access to formula. And mothers opt for this because they’ve been lied to and told that their own perfect milk isn’t as good as the garbage formula being provided. Bit by bit motherhood is being stolen from women.
Now, to get mothers back to the feeding their babies the way it was intended, it will take a global push. Protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding is important because, even though breastfeeding is natural, it is also a learned behavior for new mothers.
How can you help? If you’re a mother or expecting, learn all you can about the benefits of breastfeeding. If you’re not, support mothers who choose to breastfeed and help raise awareness that this complete natural activity is not gross, sexy, or something to be ashamed of.
And in case you didn’t know, it is impossible for a vaccine to deliver the purported benefits in an infant due to the fact that their immune system cannot produce that type of antibody or protection yet. That protection comes via the mother’s milk. A CDC official recently admitted that the policy of vaccinating children under the age of two was only to train young mothers to be obedient to medical commands and not for the benefit of the children directly.
You can listen to an audio file of an exchange between an attendee and the immunologist about a specific question.