BREAST FEEDING AND HORMONE DISRUPTERS - INTRODUCTION
Mother's milk is considered the perfect food. And, indeed, it is an elixir that bestows untold benefits to the newborn. A lactating mother transfers to her child a temporary immunity to the various diseases that she herself has overcome during her lifetime. It also helps to set up the infant's permanent immune system. Breast fed babies have fewer allergies. Breast milk acts to speed up intestinal growth. Elements in breast milk also turn on certain genes in the cells of the small intestine, which in response send protein signals to developing immune tissues. Special sugars in human milk feed the growing intestinal flora. These sugars, which are not found in infant formulas, provide food for the beneficial bacteria in the colon. There is no infant formula that can even come close to the miracle of mother's milk.