Research has been done on infants that strongly suggests breast milk help prevent viruses. The gut of an infant is full of bacteria as with anybody else, these gut bacteria are protected by, even a small amount of breast milk. A small amount of breast milk will allow for the production of virus fighting pathogens. Hundreds of babies were tested and it was determined that babies without any breast milk given to them sometimes develop life long infections that will always affect them.
- Breast milk can influence the health of an infants gut and microbiome and make them more protected against viruses.
- Babies that are from Botswana were much more likely to have harmful viruses in their stools compared to babies from the United States.
- Future studies are being done to see how viruses can affect a child’s growth as well as their preterm birth.
“The newborns’ home country also played a part in the prevalence of viral infections. Babies from Botswana were more likely to have those potentially-harmful viruses in their stools at that 4-month mark compared to the stools of babies from the US.”