Antibodies and your baby
From before she’s born, your baby has the tools to fight off infections
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Antibodies are proteins (white blood cells and other molecules) made by the body to protect itself from "foreign" substances such as bacteria or viruses.They are part of the immune system that protects your body against disease.

Mothers who breastfeed pass their own antibodies to their babies. The antibodies that your baby gets from you can fight infection and may lower the occurrence of conditions like:

  • Ear infections
  • Diarrhea
  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Meningitis

It can also reduce your baby’s chances of developing an allergy later on.

Breastfeeding is of course no guarantee that your baby will never get these types of infections. If you don’t breastfeed, your baby can still develop a healthy immune system

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