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It is now considered most important to breast feed baby's for the first six months of their life - if at all possible.
The mother's milk (colostrum) is rich in antibodies and lymphocytes - particularly for the first few days - and these boost the immunity of the child to diseases.
Research has shown that the substitution of cows' milk in the early months can be correlated with later obesity and heart disease. It would seem that the high cholesterol level of mother's milk - as opposed to the low cholesterol of cows' milk - serves to establish a pattern for lower cholesterol in later years.
Studies have also shown that when cows' milk is introduced before four months of age, this may trigger the autoimmune process and increase the risk of diabetes developing in later years.
At a later stage, babies born to vegan mothers often thrive on almond or soya milk.