Come again? This sounds like Taiwanese “logic.” It is not like women just stop producing and putting antibodies in their milk. As I understand it, and we talked to a couple of doctors about this in HK, the immunological benefits of mom’s milk are there for years after birth. If mom isn’t breastfeeding for whatever reason, that’s her business, but there is surely no reason to take the aunt’s milk over mom’s.[/quote]
You’ve got the facts, but not all of them. In fact, the quality of breastmilk is not constant. It changes A LOT from what the infant first drinks ([wikipedia]colostrum[/wikipedia]) to what it gets later on:
[quote]During the first few days after delivery the breast produce colostrum. This is a thin yellowish fluid which is the same fluid that leaks from the breasts during pregnancy. It is rich in protein and ingredients that help the baby’s immune system. Colostrum also helps the newborn’s digestive system to grow and function properly.
After 3 to 4 days breasts will begin producing milk that is thin, watery, and sweet. This quenches the baby’s thirst and provides the proteins, sugar, and minerals the baby needs. Over time the milk changes and becomes thick and creamy. This satisfies the baby’s hunger.[/quote]
Even during a feeding the composition of the milk changes: [quote]Foremilk, the milk released at the beginning of a feed, is watery, low in fat and high in carbohydrates relative to the creamier hindmilk which is released as the feed progresses.[/quote]
“Still”, yes, “all”, no. The antibodies that are found in breast milk will target specific viruses. If a baby gets a virus, by breastfeeding it can pass the virus to the mother and within 24 hours her breast milk will contain antibodies targeting that exact virus. I don’t have a link, but it was in a pamphlet that we had when Trudi was an infant. If Jaboney’s sister’s kid has fought off the same bug, then it’s a pretty sure bet that his sister’s breast milk has the right medicine for it.
I have a problem with this logic. If there is “absolutely nothing wrong” with something, than how can there be a qualifier like “especially”?