Breast milk is best for your baby. Its power goes beyond basic nutrition.
The incredible benefits of breast milk have long been pointed out by doctors, experts, and researchers and yet there is a new jaw-dropping benefit from it every day.
Breast milk contains antibodies that can help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. It lowers the baby’s risks of acquiring allergies or asthma. Breastfeeding is linked to higher IQs and stronger bone structure in babies. It can also drastically reduce a mother’s risk for cancer.
Proven Benefits of Breast Milk
Recently, a Facebook post by Paige Peterson went viral for proving another amazing benefit of a mother’s milk: it can literally change its properties to avert infections and sickness.
To prove this point, Peterson shared side-by-side photos of two bags containing recently pumped breast milk. The left one was pumped two weeks before while the right one was pumped shortly after her daughter was tested positive for flu. By just looking at these two bags, you can clearly tell the difference.
The pre-flu milk looks like a normal one in milky white color while the post-flu one appears to be darker and yellowish in color.
Established By Science
A research made by the Evol Med Public Health supports the fact that the body of a mother responds to incoming illness by providing immune-boosting antibodies in the breast milk for the baby.
It contains antibodies that are specific to your illness to help prevent that baby from getting sick or if he or she does get sick, he will not be as sick as you do.
A lot of fellow mothers agree with Peterson’s assessment.
This is not the first time that a mother showed photos of breast milk that went viral.
Last year, a mother named Chelsea Pryce also snapped a photo of two bags of pumped breast milk: one from the breast where she is exclusively nursing her three-month-old baby while another one from the breast where she’s been exclusively nursing her two-year-old toddler. According to her, each breast produced a perfectly tailored milk for each child.
The mother’s breast milk is simply amazing, right?
Although not all mothers choose to breastfeed or are not able to, that is okay. But for those who can, the two mothers hope that the photos can help give breastfeeding mothers who are struggling the confidence to keep going to continue.