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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: Wow I'm floored....<br><br>
Someone on my local site just posted this link... saying that breast feeding is not all it's cracked up to be and she will not breastfeed ever as she doesn't believe it is important.<br><br><a href="http://www.slate.com/id/2138629/" target="_blank">http://www.slate.com/id/2138629/</a><br><br>
the article isn't terrible however she choose to point out one part of it.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">human babies are never able to absorb maternal antibodies from milk or colostrum into the bloodstream, except perhaps in the minutest amounts. Maternal antibodies in milk and colostrum protect against infection—but only locally, working inside the baby's gastrointestinal tract.</td>
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and that's it... which the article goes on to clarify... I'm so tired of the breast/bottle debate on the local site <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:
 

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And that's a problem?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"><br><br>
Sounds like benefit to me!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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It's not a bad article IF you read all of it. That being said, it could be a lot better. The author seems almost timid in her aproach and seems wishy washy in the way she approaches the subject. While she did seem to support her (weak) assertion, it was hard to tell if she was consoling the formula feeders or scared of the breastfeeders. Then again, as she said there is not a whole lot of research on the topic since human studies on infants is so difficult.<br><br>
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I'm not sure I agree with his understanding of immunology.<br><br>
From one of his own references:<br>
"In humans, milk excreted antibodies play a major role in protecting infants from infection by pathogens having a mucosal portal of entry."<br><br>
And he says:<br>
"Maternal antibodies in milk and colostrum protect against infection—but only locally, working inside the baby's gastrointestinal tract."<br><br>
Considering that a VAST majority of infections are acquired through some mucosal membrane (nose, GI tract, vagina, etc.), where exactly would you want these protective antibodies? At the site of entry- not in the bloodstream.
 
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