Breastfeeding urged amid swine flu concerns - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/19/09

Breastfeeding urged amid swine flu concerns

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By Cassie Hataway | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - As the CDC continues to monitor the swine flu outbreak, health officials are zeroing in on how to protect the most vulnerable population - infants. 

The CDC is recommending breastfeeding as a "critical strategy" to prevent infection.  "A mother's body makes immunities for the baby, so antibodies are actually formed in the mother's body by everything that she is exposed to, so she transfers those immunities to the baby.  The baby's IQ is higher once they get to be school age and then also, they get sick less often, so less problems with respiratory illnesses and allergies and stomach problems," said lactation consultant Marta Benglis, R.N. 

Just as the CDC encourages us to wash our hands frequently, it is urging parents to protect their babies by washing their hands a lot, because their hands often end up in their mouths.

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