Mucosal immunity: integration between mother and the breast-fed infant.

@article{Brandtzaeg2003MucosalII,
  title={Mucosal immunity: integration between mother and the breast-fed infant.},
  author={P E R Brandtzaeg},
  journal={Vaccine},
  year={2003},
  volume={21 24},
  pages={3382-8}
}
Lactating mammary glands are part of an integrated mucosal immune system with local production of antibodies, mainly consisting of secretory immunoglobulin A (SIgA). These antibodies generally reflect antigenic stimulation of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) by common intestinal and respiratory pathogens. Antibodies in breast milk are thus highly targeted against infectious agents in the mother's environment, which are those likely to be encountered by the infant shortly after birth… CONTINUE READING
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