New research published in the British Journal of Nutrition has shown that mothers of extremely premature babies make breast milk with a higher concentration of immune proteins than that of breast milk made for full-term babies.
What does this mean?
Premature babies are at significantly higher risk of various bacterial infections, which can be fatal due to their fragile immune systems.
Breast milk contains “bioactive molecules” which provide protection against infection, as well as maturing the immune system and establishing a healthy microbiome.
When a mother gives birth to a baby prematurely, the milk her body produces is even higher in these protective elements, offering extra support to the delicate babies who need it the most. This discovery once again emphasizes the importance of breast milk, not only for healthy, full-term babies, but also preterm babies who are especially in need of this extra protection.
In other words, the human body is AMAZING.
Read more about this incredible discovery here.