Mom's Breast Milk Is Only Hours Apart. THIS Is The Incredible Reason For The Color Change
February 25, 2016
Mallory Smothers, a mom from Arkansas, posted a photo to Facebook of two bags of breast milk — one pumped on a Thursday night, the other pumped the next morning — because of how drastically different in color they were. In the caption, she detailed her "cuckoo awesome" discovery about breast milk.
"So yall.. This is just cuckoo awesome -- I read an article from a medical journal not too long ago about how Mom's milk changes to tailor baby's needs in more ways than just caloric intake. So this doctor discusses that 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. (Science backs this up. A 2013 Clinical and Translational Immunology study found that when a baby is ill, the numbers of leukocytes in its mother's breast milk spike.) So I filed that away in the back of my mind until I was packing frozen milk into the big deep freeze today.
I pumped the milk on the left Thursday night before we laid down for bed. I nurse Baby every 2 hours or so overnight and don't pump until we get up for the day. I noticed in the wee hours of Friday morning, 3 AM or so -- she was congested, irritable, and sneezing A LOT. Probably a cold, right?
When we got up Friday morning, I pumped, just as we always do. What I pumped is on the right side of the photo.
I didn't notice a difference until today, but look at how much more the milk I produced Friday resembles colostrum (The super milk full of antibodies and leukocytes you make during the first few days after birth) and this comes after nursing the baby with a cold all night long..
Pretty awesome, huh?! The human body never ceases to amaze me."
And the science she mentions in her post checks out. Here is a link to the 2013 study published in the journal Clinical and Translational Immunology.
Yeah, I guess the human body is pretty cool.
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