Breastfeeding Can Give Lifelong Immunity Against Infection, Say Scientists Who Studied Mice

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According to a group of scientists from the Institute of Microbiology and Infection at the University of Birmingham in the U.K., breastfeeding can boost an infant's immunity system for life. The group of researchers infected a group of mice with parasitic worms, then cleared the infection with drugs. They then bred the mice with other mice to determine if their offspring would be immune to the infection during breastfeeding. They found that they were immune from the parasitic worms throughout their lives. 

Previous studies have shown that mothers do pass along their protections from different diseases through the womb and breastfeeding. This study was different because it looked at immunity to specific pathogens, like the one that was used in the experiment. 

Read the full story from Newsweek.

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