We showed you before what breast milk looks like under a microscope, and what it has that other milk don't: antibodies. But if you need further proof of the power of breast milk, here's another photo.
Mom-of-three Vicky Greene, who is also a first-year student, studying biosciences at South Devon College in Paignton, England, was conducting an experiment comparing breast milk of mothers who nurse children at different ages. She showed a photo on Facebook that showed nine Petri dishes containing the bacteria micrococcus luteus (m. luteus).
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Now, what have moms so psyched that the photo has been shared more than 19,000 times with more than 20,000 reactions and more than 3,000 comments?
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It's the white spots in the middle. Vicky explains these were two samples of breast milk, one from a mother nursing her 15-month-old baby and another from a mother breastfeeding her 3-year-old. The "clear bit around the discs" illustrates how the bacteria in this area has disappeared after she dropped breast milk in the center. Yes, the protein in the breast milk killed off the bacteria!
The 31-year-old mom couldn't contain her excitement as her little experiment also worked when she used breast milk on escherichia coli (e. coli) and worked "fairly good" on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). "The future is bright, the future is breast milk," Vicki added in her post.
While many expressed amazement and excited (especially about her upcoming experiments with colostrum), there were also people who pointed out in the comments section that the bacteria she used were bacteria present in the human body. Those who came in breast milk's defense counter that human antibodies attack and destroy bacteria in excess amount or the wrong parts of the human body.
There has been studies and research dedicated to uncovering breast milk's uses in treating cancer or even serving as an antibiotic.
In 2010, researchers at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden were trying to isolate a substance in breast milk, known as HAMLET (Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made Lethal to Tumor cells), to develop a cure for cancer. Last month, a study by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and University College London (UCL) found out that breast milk's protein, Lactoferrin, could have to potential help wipe out superbugs or antibiotic-resistant viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
Whether those research produce a life-saving cure, it has yet to be seen. We can hold on to one sure fact, that breast milk contains antibodies that can protect our babies. It is the best option, but remember, it’s not your only option. Let this photo inspire, uplift, and strengthen you to delay giving up on nursing for another day.