Breastfeeding Is Healthy And Does Build Immunity, But It May Not Totally Prevent Whooping Cough.

Breastfeeding is often promoted as an excellent way to build up natural immunities in your baby. It's true, breastfeeding provides...
Breastfeeding is often promoted as an excellent way to build up natural immunities in your baby. It's true, breastfeeding provides extremely helpful antibodies your baby can't get anywhere else. However, don't be swayed into thinking that breastfeeding is a cure-all. For example, there's recently been a massive outbreak of whooping cough, a potentially deadly illness for babies and young children. Since no one wants their child to get whooping cough, many parents likely have prevention in mind. That said, breastfeeding, while very useful and healthy, is not the best prevention for whooping cough, according to a recent CNN piece. According to pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Shu, "Breastfeeding can certainly help provide immune protection against multiple illnesses, but not if a mother does not have immunity to a certain disease such as pertussis." Dr. Shu goes on to note that protection offered by the pertussis vaccine can wear off over time, which means even if a breastfeeding mama herself had the vaccine, she may not provide protection to her baby. A booster shot is recommended for parents of babies or adults who care for babies in order to provide better protection to babies who don't yet have their own immunity. Infants who have not had the pertussis vaccine series are more vulnerable to catching the disease even if they're breastfed.

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