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Why breastfed babies have improved immune development – new findings

By Gergely Toldi, Consultant Neonatologist, University of Birmingham
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Life outside the womb is tough – not least because of the many bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens that can harm a baby. Not only does a baby’s immune system need to be able to recognise and eliminate pathogens, it also needs to be able to distinguish harmless substances and helpful bacteria important for health – such as those in our gut microbiome, which help break down foods and protect us from pathogens.

Breastfeeding is known to be important for a baby’s immune…

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