Posted by: Admin | February 28, 2011

Elders know how to protect a young one’s heart

February was Heart Disease Month

Our new Breastfeeding Calendar (available at your local clinic) will introduce the Public Health Calendar Themes. Each month will have a different breastfeeding quote. On the 1st of every month you will be able to read about it on this blog. As I missed February 1st, here it is!

Mother’s Milk protects babies from illnesses

Does breastmilk protect against many illnesses? Yes, it certainly does. Studies also show us that the more breastmilk a child receives, the greater the protection is. Have you ever breastfed? Did you see the difference for yourself?

Elders knew about the benefits of breastfeeding long before the studies reported their results. They always knew they protected their young ones from colds, flu, lung infections and ear infections by the simple act of breastfeeding. They knew their children would not be anemic and would not lack food or vitamins if they were breastfed. So they breastfed for long periods and introduced solids at a late age, at around 6 months, exactly as recommended by the World Health Organization. They knew that giving human milk to a human baby was exactly what nature intended.

We now know a lot more about the benefits of breastfeeding for the health of the child. Breastfed babies are protected against many illnesses. For example, if there is a flu virus going around in your family, you will be in contact with it. Your body will make the antibodies to this illness and you will pass these antibodies on to your baby through your breastmilk. Antibodies are like hunters: they will search for and kill the virus. Baby formula does not contain antibodies, so when you feed your baby with baby formula, it cannot help the baby fight against illness. The baby’s body is left without these antibodies to try to fight it viruses. When babies are older, they grow stronger, but newborns and very young babies need the antibodies from their mother’s breastmilk, because they don’t have their own. This does not mean your breastfed baby will never be sick, but if he is, he should be less ill than if he were not breastfed. For example, breastfed babies are 5 times less likely to be hospitalized than formula-fed babies.

Does breastmilk also protect a baby’s heart? Yes. Breastmilk is a soothing, anti-inflammatory food that will help the heart and blood vessels grow strong and healthy. The protection breastmilk gives your baby will last a lifetime. Studies show that adults that were breastfed as children are less likely to suffer from heart disease!!!

Protect your child’s heart. Breastfeed!


  1. We think you’re doing an awesome job and we’d love to talk to you about it sometime! 🙂

    • Hello!
      As you might have read, I work for the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay, at their Public Health Department. You can reach me at 418-923-2204 ext 284.

      Thank for the nice words!!!!


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