In an article reviewed by the Science Daily http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120429234641.htm , we learn more
about the important role of bacteria and their relationship with our guts, our genes and our health. The the article details current research showing that mothers who breast feed pass on beneficial bacteria, among other things, to their infants.
These infants show great diversity to their intestinal bacterial flora and greater changes in their genetic expression of their immune system. Currently tremendous amounts of research have linked disease with specific imbalances of good and bad bacteria in our intestines.
BREAST FED BABIES ARE HEALTHIER AND MORE RESISTANT TO INFECTION.
I find myself fascinated by this type of “Observational Science.” I’m amazed by the beauty, complexity, and completeness of the human body. For all our science, medications, and manipulations, we’re really overlooking a simple fact. God had it right the first time. He created a system whereby the most beneficial outcomes came from utilizing the resources he gave us. In this instance, breast milk.
We keep trying to come up with a new synthetic breast milk and “The perfect Formula.” We’re adding all kinds of ingredients trying to mimic breast milk. I guess it’s cultural at this point…..too inconvenient.
The Tribe recommends breast feeding infants to at least 1 year of age. Research and nature both suggest it’s best!
William Curtis, MD