Did-You-Know-from-Dans-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-October-2014Breast Milk Can Help Fight Many Disease

The cells, hormones and antibodies in breast milk help protect babies from illness.  This protection is unique; formula cannot match the chemical makeup of human breast milk.  In fact, amoung formula-fed babies, ear infections and diarrhea are more common.  Formula-fed babies also have higher risks of gastrointestinal issues, lower-respiratory infections, asthma, obesity and Type 2 diabetes.  Some research shows that breastfeeding can also reduce the risk of Type 1 diabetes and atopic dermatitis (a type of skin rash) in babies.

— Source: Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services