World Breastfeeding Week 2019: The mother starts developing specific antibodies to combat germs in the infant's surroundings while touching or holding the infant. These protective antibodies are passed on to the infant through the mother's milk.
Breast milk that is pumped and delivered by bottle is generally better than formula. But pumped breast milk may not deliver the benefits of the sugars that arrive in breast milk straight from the source.
World Asthma Day 2019: A study suggested that indirect breastfeeding can expose babies to potential pathogens, which increase the risk of asthma and other respiratory functions, while another study found that babies who were given pumped breast milk weighed a little more than those who were directly breastfed.
Mothers using formula need not worry about how their diet will affect the baby. If the baby has breastfed, then ideally formula feed should be started after the age of six months, along with other foods.
Colostrum, also referred to as “high octane milk”, is produced in low quantities in the first few days of postpartum. When the baby breast-feeds on colostrums, it is similar to receiving the first vaccinations.
In a study published in Allergy it has been found that complex sugars in mother's milk may prevent food allergies for the off-spring in the future. This benefit usually cant be found in infant formula milk.
It doesn't matter whether the breast milk comes from the babies' own mother or donated by other women, the study found positive impact of feeding premature babies breast milk during the first month of life.