Your body's ability to produce breastmilk is probably only second to its ability to reproduce. Modern science has uncovered some pretty fascinating information about breast milk. Modern science continues to demonstrate that breast milk is some pretty amazing stuff. Learning more about it enables experts to address common breastfeeding challenges and other health issues, including cancer.
Just wait for the “mic drop” at the end.
Your body changes your breast milk based on signals from your baby’s saliva
Yes – you read that right. Your body analyzes your baby’s saliva for information about what nutrients your baby needs. It then gets to work on producing a fresh batch of breastmilk to make sure your baby can thrive and grow! Not feeding from the breast? Even physical contact with your baby, including kisses and snuggles, can trigger this reaction in your body. Mama truly knows best!
Your breastmilk can make a rainbow
Your body can make milk in all types of colors! Depending on what you eat and what your body is making for baby’s specific needs, your breastmilk can range from white, red, yellow, green, blue, and even black! Your breastmilk is typically fine to give to your baby regardless of its color but if you’re ever unsure – consult an IBCLC.
Your breastmilk can have more than 100 times the white blood cells as your own blood
Colostrum packs the highest white blood cell count at one to five million cells per milliliter but even at six months postpartum, your breastmilk has 100,000 cells per milliliter – far more than what your own blood contains. These cells protect baby from illness and disease. It’s no wonder that many women are extending their breastfeeding goals during this time of pandemic.
Your breast milk contains only as many vitamins as you take yourself
Most moms say they “grew their babies for 9 whole months” but if you’re a breastfeeding mom, then you’re doing it far longer than the gestational period. You are your baby’s single source of nutrition during breastfeeding and as such, your adequate nutrition is directly linked to your baby’s nutrition. Vitamins A,D,E, and K are all vital to your infant’s health yet many women in the U.S. are deficient in these areas.
Breast milk can kill as many as 40 different cancer cells
It's almost too good to be true. Originally discovered in 1995, studies continue to show breast milk’s ability to kill cancer. A protein in breast milk referred to as HAMLET (“Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made Lethal to Tumor cells’) results in patient’s urine to contain dead cancer cells while not affecting healthy cells. MIND. BLOWN.