Oct 14, 2015 5:54 PM
Breast milk is most often recommended for feeding newborns because of its proven nutritional benefits.
Now, a new study reveals even more health advantages of breastfeeding.
Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston have discovered breast milk contains bio-molecules that appear to help reduce inflammation and fight infection.
It's the first time such a wide variety of these molecules have been seen in one place - including those that boost the immune system, reduce pain and heal wounds.
These protective molecules were not found in cow's milk or infant formula.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies be exclusively breastfed for six months.
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