We live in an era of quick and easy convenience.Ai?? Unfortunately, such convenience is compromising our health.Ai?? Not just our health, however, but that of our children.Ai?? For thousands of years, mothers have breastfed their babies.Ai?? Now, formulas are becoming the ever-growing popular alternative,Ai?? and we are now just beginning to understand the consequences.
Collective research from all around the world is slowly teaching us that breast-feeding plays an important role in the development of newborns, and not just in body, but in brain as well.Ai?? In a recent study, the content of brain cell growth factors and cytokines in human breast milk was analyzed.Ai?? Growth factors and cytokines were found in all breast milk samples at varying concentrations.
According to the study:Ai?? “It could be demonstrated that protein extracts of breast milk increased the amount of surviving enteric neurones as well as neurite outgrowth. Additionally it was shown, that the number of nestin and S100-expressing glial cells increased significantly after incubating in breast milk protein extracts. The data suggest that milk-born proteins support the development of the enteric nervous system.” (The ENS is a subdivision of the autonomic nervous system, knowns as the “second” brain, and controls various things such as the coordination of reflexes.)
This “second brain” may seemingly have no connection with your actual brain, but such is not the case.Ai?? Here is how it works:Ai?? “Your brain and gut are actually created out of the same type of tissue. During fetal development, one part turns into your central nervous system while the other develops into your enteric nervous system. These two systems are connected via the vagus nerve; the tenth cranial nerve that runs from your brain stem down to your abdomen.Ai?? This is what connects your two ‘brains’ together.”
In simple terms, a good gut can mean a good brain, and good brain a good gut, and this is why intestinal health can have such an affect on your mental health, and vice-versa.Ai?? (By the way, did you know most of your serotonin is actually made in the intestine?)
Of course, one of the most important benefits of breastfeeding is the transfer of antibodies to the baby, giving him or her immunities to illnesses to which the mother is immune.Ai?? Conversely, if a newborn is exposed to a germ, he or she will “transfer it back to the mother while nursing. The mother’s body will then make antibodies to that particular germ and transfer them back to the baby at the next feeding.”
Much more could be shared on the topic.Ai?? In short, if a mother can breast-feed, a mother should breast-feed, especially for the baby’s sake.
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