Breast milk boosts babies' immunity24.05.2022
The researchers published the results of the work, which showed that breast milk contains three types of unique cells that can destroy bacteria that are dangerous to the health of the baby. Scientists at the University of Augusta have been looking for a source of immune protection for a newborn baby for many years and found it in breast milk. SWAT-lymphoid or immune cells (ILC) are able to maintain their properties in the intestines of an infant for up to several days. They also affect how hardy a growing organism will be in the future.
This is especially important in the first weeks of a baby’s life, because it is well known that a child is born without its own immunity, and while it is being formed, the body needs protection. American scientists also found that immune cells do not survive freezing milk, although it was previously believed that with this method of storage, all the beneficial properties of mother’s milk are preserved for several months.
But the same studies showed that there is an inverse relationship: when an infection enters the child’s body, leukocytes provoke an increase in the production of milk in the mother. Therefore, an attentive woman can assume that the baby is getting sick, even before the first symptoms appear, only on the basis that the milk has noticeably increased.
Based on new knowledge, scientists have now begun work on the creation of an infant formula that can replace breast milk not only in terms of nutritional value, but also in terms of barrier functions.
Information is actively spreading in the media that breast milk for adults will soon appear on store shelves. The immune-boosting product is expected to be produced as a mixture with live human bacteria or in the form of nutritional supplements with special prebiotics.
However, the idea has active opponents who believe that, firstly, it is extremely difficult to recreate a complex formula of mother’s milk, which also has individual characteristics, and secondly, the benefits of such a product for an adult organism have not been proven.