Evolution of Immune Functions of the Mammary Gland and Protection of the Infant

Breastfeeding Medicine, 05/24/2012

Goldman AS – In human milk, antimicrobial, anti–inflammatory, and immunoregulatory agents and living leukocytes are qualitatively or quantitatively different from those in other mammalian milks. Those in human milk compensate for developmental delays in the immunological system of the recipient infant. Consequently, the immune system in human milk provided by evolution is much of the basis for encouraging breastfeeding for human infants.

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