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July 15, 2011

Birthing Magazine Article: Why Mothers Kiss their babies

I recently read this article that I thought was very interesting.... about why mothers kiss their babies.

Whether you "believe" in breastfeeding or not, I still think its a pretty interesting article that explains our behavior is innately driven and our bodies are created to react to certain actions. 

I hope to be able to breastfeed our child. It is our plan right now... and when I read articles like this, I think it just reconfirms our decision...

My favorite part of the article reads
"Claiming behaviours such as kissing provide not only emotional, but biological attachment. There is a very real health benefit for the baby who is kissed. 

When a mother kisses her baby, she ‘samples’ those pathogens that are on the baby’s face. Those are ones that the baby is about to ingest. These samples are taken up by the mother’s secondary lymphoid organs like the tonsils, and memory B cells specific for those pathogens are re-stimulated. These B cells then migrate to the mother’s breasts where they produce just those antibodies that the baby needs.” says Lauren Sompayrac, author of How The Immune System Works."

Read more of the article here: Why Mothers Kiss Their Babies

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