Disease Proof

ABC News: Breastfeeding a Good Idea

Hey, we all know Dr. Fuhrman thinks breastfeeding is a smart move. One of it's critical function is supplying babies with important antibodies and nutrients. Dr. Fuhrman explains in Disease-Proof Your Child:
The antibodies derived from mother’s milk are necessary for maximizing immune system function, maximizing intelligence, and protecting against immune system disorders, allergies, and even cancer. The child’s immune system is still underdeveloped until age of two, the same age when the digestive tract seals the leaks (spaces between cells) designed to allow the mother’s antibodies access to the bloodstream. So picking the age of two as the length of recommended breast-feeding is not just a haphazard guess, it matches the age at which the child is no longer absorbing the mother’s immunoglobulins to supplement their own immune system. Nature designed it that way.
And this video report by ABC News provides even more reasons to breastfeed that baby:

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jeanine - June 24, 2007 7:47 PM

I would like to know of the research that Dr. Fuhrman is using to base this claim on. I've done quite a bit of reading on breastfeeding and lactation and have yet to come across anything that states a specific time frame for when the benefits end.

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