Breast-feeding, a complex support system for the offspring.

@article{Hanson2002BreastfeedingAC,
  title={Breast-feeding, a complex support system for the offspring.},
  author={Lars {\AA}ke Hanson and Marina N. Korotkova and Liliana H{\aa}versen and Inger Mattsby-Baltzer and Mirjana Hahn-Zoric and Sven Arne Silfverdal and Birgitta Strandvik and Esbj{\"o}rn Telemo},
  journal={Pediatrics international : official journal of the Japan Pediatric Society},
  year={2002},
  volume={44 4},
  pages={347-52}
}
The newborn has an immune system, very limited in size at birth and its postnatal expansion and maturation takes time. In the meantime the transplacental IgG antibodies from the mother play an important role for the protection of the infant. However, these antibodies act in tissues and induce inflammation and are energy-consuming. In contrast, the milk secretory IgA antibodies stop microbes already on the mucosa preventing infection, tissue engagement and energy loss. In addition, the milk… CONTINUE READING

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