Much has been made of the extraordinary benefit of mothers breastfeeding their babies from the first moment. But did you know or did you know the incredible Benefits of Breastfeeding in Children with Autism? In the next post you will find everything related.
Although there are medical aspects that are still being investigated around autism, there is more and more evidence that there are co-morbidities associated with this condition, that is, alterations in various body systems that could explain the appearance or exacerbation of one or more features of the Autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Considering genetic or epigenetic theories (involving genes and the environment), the system that is generally described as the main affected is the gastrointestinal and when it is affected, so is the immune system or better known as the defense system.
When a mother breastfeeds her baby the first few times, she supplies colostrum (which are those first drops of milk that come out after birth). It contains an important source of secretory immunoglobulin A (secretory IgA). Its function is to create a kind of protective barrier in the cell membranes of the baby's nose, throat and intestine, protecting it from diseases. When reviewing the most common pathologies in infants, we find that these are the areas of the body most prone to infectious processes.
One of the theories in boys or girls with autism is that they have a greater susceptibility to inflammation in the intestine and respiratory tract, so if non-human products are administered, the risk of allergies, sensitivities and food intolerances is significantly increased that lead to inflammatory processes that start in the gastrointestinal tract and spread later to other systems.
When the gastrointestinal system of a baby (or any person) becomes inflamed, its microbiota is modified, that is, the beneficial microorganisms that maintain the balance to adequately absorb the nutrients in food and release the toxins that harm us.
Breast milk not only has the secretory IgA that reduces this risk, it also brings with it that special food required by these microorganisms, since it is rich in prebiotics and natural probiotics fundamental in the absorptive process. At the same time it is highly digestible, so the baby's intestinal habit is kept in line with the proper release of toxins.
When toxins, which are nothing more than substances that are harmful to the body, are not adequately eliminated by the gastrointestinal system (due to being inflamed and permeabilized), they are able to enter the bloodstream, migrate to neurons and create a kind of short circuit in their connections, which can be clinically manifested in infants as sleep disturbance, irritability, little or no eye contact, impaired motor skills, little or no babbling, or limited outward empathy, some of these early signs of autism.
A fundamental component for the integral development of the baby are proteins and, although many are unaware of it, one of those present in breast milk is casein (commonly known whose origin is the cow, goat, buffalo, sheep or camel). By being provided by the mother, it practically eliminates the risk of causing allergy, sensitivity or food intolerance, because although it sounds redundant, mother and baby are of the human race, while baby and cow do not belong to the same race.
The study of the synergy between the gastrointestinal-immune-neurological systems is currently the focus of most of the research related to autism. And it is that an imbalance in it has been denoted in many people with this condition and once they are solved, a significant number of them significantly reduce (there are even cases where they disappear) the most dysfunctional characteristics.
Breastfeeding plays a key element in this equation, since it intervenes from the earliest stage of every human being and where prevention is important.
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