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Breastfeeding stimulates the infant immune system

Lars A. Hanson
From: Science & Medicine: Volume 4 Number 6: Page 12 (December 1997)

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Abstract: Whether breastfeeding is essential for the human infant has long been debated. Protectionagainst neonatal infection has been demonstrated in industrialized countries as well as in the developing world, where infant nutrition practices often follow ancient traditions. Now there is evidence for a lasting effect of breastfeeding on the immune system, resulting in enhanced protection against infection for many years and apparently in a decreased risk for certain inflammatory diseases.

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