As per a new research, breastfeeding children can help in keeping the common infections at bay in the infants. However, it is suggested that the infants should be breastfed for at least the initial six months.
It was revealed post the study that children who were only brought up on their mother’s milk were healthier and had a stronger immunity to fight the common infections. The superiority of the children was against the babies who were given the substitute formula feeds.
As many as 1,000 infants were examined for a period of 12 months by the researchers from the University of Crete. Further, the researchers recorded the common infections from which the babies suffered at time periods of one, three, six, nine and 12 months.
The common infections that were monitored were respiratory and urinary infections, stomach upsets, ear infections, conjunctivitis and thrush.
Post the scrutiny, it was found by the researchers that the infants who were solely breastfed with no substitute formula feeds enjoyed lower rate of infection.
It was also highlighted that in case they had any infections, the severity of the same was less as against the children who were breastfed partly or were not breastfed at all.