Monday, May 9, 2011

The biology of kissing babies

When I wear my babies on my front, or even just hold them close, I find myself nearly constantly kissing them.

It's just what mothers do, or should do.  Biologically, it is essential.
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. -Lauren Sompayrac
Wearing our babies, kissing our babies, and nursing our babies is what nature intended. 

And now you have one more reason to wear your baby, kiss your baby, and nurse your baby!

1 comment:

Katie said...

So cool--I seem to be telling everyone about this factoid lately. Truly what MOTHER nature intended!