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QUESTION: I am breastfeeding my 8 month old son. Is it safe to take DEFLECT? We are both Type O.
ANSWER: Not only is it safe to use DEFLECT products when breast feeding, it is perhaps even recommended! Human breast milk is very rich in these polysaccharides, many of which act to inhibit bacterial infestation of the nose, mouth and ear (an underappreciated reason why breast-fed children areless prone to ear infections)
The followng chart shows that variations in polysaccharide content of breast milk is dependent on both ABO type and secretor status:
|A or O Secretors||High amounts of N-acetylneuraminic acid and|
Lower levels of galactose
|B or AB secretors||High amounts of N-acetylneuraminic acid|
Presence of Leb and either B or AB substances
|ABO non-secretors||Highest galactose|
Lowest amounts of N-acetylneuraminic acid
Presence of Lea & absence of ABO substances
Significant variations in the carbohydrate residues in human breast milk are found depending on the mother's ABO, Lewis, and Secretor blood types. The consequences of this are that secretors will produce higher levels of N-acetylneuraminic acid and lower levels of galactose in their breast milk than non-secretors. In the ABH secretor groups, blood type A and O secretors also have higher N-acetylglucosamine contents than B and AB secretors (p less than 0.001), while the A and B secretors have higher galactose levels.
1. Viverge D, Grimmonprez L, Cassanas G, et al. Discriminant carbohydrate components of human milk according to donor secretor types. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 1990 Oct;11(3):365-70