Did you know that our bodies communicate in subtle ways, whether it’s through bacteria or pheromones? And, when it comes to the relationship between a mother and her baby, breastfeeding is an incredibly powerful tool in strengthening their bond. The medical experts say that breastfeeding keeps their bodies in synch and allows a mother to give her child exactly what the baby needs.
A Surprising Breastfeeding Story
This is a real life story about a young mother from Arkansas. Her name is Mallory Smothers. Well, Mallory posted two photos of her breast milk on Facebook. The first bag, on the left, looks like regular milk, watery and white, and the second bag is creamier and orange. This milk closely resembles colostrum, the antibody and leukocyte-filled milk a new mother produces in the first few days after giving birth.
Well, she says that these milks were produced by her, and they were just hours apart. And now you probably ask yourself – why are they so different? Well, to be honest with you, the answer will surprise you – the milk to the left was pumped on a Thursday evening before Smothers and her family went to sleep. And, in the same time, Smothers’ daughter was displaying symptoms of congestion, irritability, and sneezing as the young mother breastfed her child overnight.
Mallory Smothers said:
“When we got up Friday morning, I pumped, just as we always do. What I pumped is on the right side of the photo…this comes after nursing the baby with a cold all night long.”
So Why Did Her Milk Change?
What do you think? Well, the medical experts say that a mother’s milk adapts to the needs of her child, even changing in composition according to the baby’s sex. How this works – a baby’s saliva seeps into her mother’s nipple as she breastfeeds. You should know that this saliva contains virus and bacteria that signals the mother’s body about her baby’s health. Kissing her baby’s face also helps a mother’s body sample pathogens and create appropriate antibodies in her milk.
The experts also say that the maternal and infant infections stimulate a rapid leukocyte response in breastmilk to boost the child’s immune system. This also done when a mother is sick to prevent her from infecting her child. These antibodies can even help neutralize life-threatening diseases like HIV. You should also know that breastmilk contains beneficial bacteria which contributes to the baby’s microbiome in his/her gut, an important part of the child’s immune system. We really hope you enjoyed this article and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family.