Breastfeeding is just one of those many maternal miracles--but just how miraculous, we had no idea... until now.
A photo of two bags of breastmilk--one pumped on a Thursday night, the other on Friday morning--was recently posted to Facebook by a mom named Mallory Smothers. The two bags of milk were drastically different in color, and once Smothers explained why, the photo began spreading like wildfire on the Internet--for a VERY good reason.
So yall.. This is just cuckoo awesome-- I read an article from a medical journal not too long ago about how Mom's milk...Posted by Mallory Smothers on Sunday, February 14, 2016
So yall.. This is just cuckoo awesome-- I read an article from a medical journal not too long ago about how Mom's milk...
"I pumped the milk on the left Thursday night before we laid down for bed," wrote Smothers, who then nursed the baby through the night and noticed she seemed congested, irritable, and sneezing--probably fighting a little cold.
The next morning, she pumped the milk on the right, which is thicker, darker in color, and closely resembling colostrum (the super nutritious milk that's chock-full full of antibodies and leukocytes, which all moms produce during the first few days after birth).
Citing medical research that found that Mom's milk changes to tailor baby's needs in more ways than just caloric intake, Smothers explained, "When a baby nurses, it creates a vacuum in which the infant's saliva sneaks into the mother's nipple. There, it is believed that mammary gland receptors interpret the 'baby spit backwash' for bacteria and viruses and, if they detect something amiss (i.e., the baby is sick or fighting off an infection), Mom's body will actually change the milk's immunological composition, tailoring it to the baby's particular pathogens by producing customized antibodies."
In other words, mom's breasts can detect when baby is getting sick, and her milk will respond accordingly. Pretty brilliant, huh?
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