I bet most of you know that, during breastfeeding, maternal antibodies are shared with the infant, which helps baby fight infections. But did you know that when baby is exposed to pathogens, he shares them with the mother while breastfeeding so that she then can produce antibodies made just for fighting those pathogens to help the baby fight any potential infection? She doesn’t even have to get sick to make the perfect antibodies that her baby needs.
That is, seriously, one of the coolest things about breastfeeding in my opinion.
Many thanks to Rebecca Madsen for finding this article and Meridian Faul for the sweet breastfeeding image.