The idea of ‘preventing’ or ‘avoiding’ Autism gets parents all up in arms. It’s an uncomfortable topic, and many parents feel guilt or shame for their child’s condition. Many parents argue that Autism is primarily genetic and unavoidable, case closed. If you bring up vaccines, good luck.
However, we have data that shows that breastfeeding exclusively for more than 6 months reduces your child’s risk of Autism by 2.5 times. The study found that infant formula without DHA increased one’s odds of ASD by 4.4 times over exclusive breastfeeding. When looking at regression only, it bumped up to more than 12 times the risk!
Why is it SO. HARD. to shake the genetic narrative?
The idea that breastfeeding exclusively, no formula supplementation, significantly reduces your child’s risk for autism shatters the idea that autism is solely caused in the womb. It destroys the narrative that autism is unavoidable. Every scientific study I come across acknowledges the contribution of the environment, specifically environmental toxins in the formation of autism. Why can’t we use this information to educate and support breastfeeding mothers?
Breastmilk contains antioxidants like vitamin C and E and enzymes, including superoxide dismutase, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase. These are known to protect against the potentially-harmful effects of oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress is a significant clinical finding in Autism—alterations in the activities of antioxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, and catalase, altered glutathione levels and homocysteine/methionine metabolism, increased inflammation, excitotoxicity, as well as mitochondrial and immune dysfunction are found in autistic brains. If babies who have genetic markers for autism are formula fed, given Tylenol, and given vaccines, you are sealing the deal. Breastfeeding exclusively may prevent or lessen the damage from inflammation and oxidative stress, and help with rewiring the brain.
We know Tylenol decreases glutathione. We know breastmilk replenishes the body’s antioxidants necessary to repair cells and prevent damage. Infant formula is synthetic, GMO, contains pesticides, aluminum, fluoride and adds more to oxidative stress.
We know that vaccines can only add to oxidative stress and inflammation. Lessen the risk if you can. Breast milk is the only biologically appropriate food for an infants rapidly growing brain.