Your maternal milk is amazing and clever. Maternal milk is like a natural medicine; it contains antibodies which can provide passive immunity for your baby. Protecting baby by preventing or postponing illnesses.
You yourself could be ill and catch a virus but your baby could remain quite healthy.
Here is my story about how I realised just how amazingly powerful maternal milk is: My son must have been in his fifth month when I caught the norovirus. A terrible virus that makes you vomit and have diarrhea for days on end.
I was breastfeeding my son almost fully, I had only just started weaning him. The norovirus kept me ill for a long week. It was impossible to keep any food down. I had to resort to drinking lemonade to give my body some energy. The virus left me feeling incredibly weak and tired, terrified that I would pass it on to my baby. If I was finding it so hard to cope with the virus, how would a tiny baby cope?
He never caught the virus. I was so thankful. My instinct tolf me that my breastmilk had protected him. It was then that I realised how powerful breast milk is.
After this happened, I conducted some research on the internet to find out if it really was my maternal milk protecting him. From what I read, it has been clinically proven.