Breastfeeding isn’t for every mom — heck, we all know how emotional, taxing and just plain old difficult (or even impossible) it can be in certain situations. But when it comes to the science behind the milk, it’s hard not to agree that the stuff is pretty darned amazing. And now we have a picture to prove it.
There have been studies showing that a mother’s breast milk can change depending on the child’s needs. When the baby is first born, a woman’s breasts will produce colostrum, a pale yellow milk that contains antibodies and other good things for the babe to help him or her develop. Eventually, when the milk comes in, it starts to resemble that milky colour we’re used to, although it can be more watery or fatty depending on the time of day and specific needs of the baby.
Well one woman on Facebook recently saw one heck of a change in her own breast milk. Mallory Smothers pumped on Thursday night before bed, and then nursed her baby — who seemed to be suffering from a cold — every couple of hours overnight. In the morning she pumped again and the difference in the two milk samples was pretty amazing to say the least.
The bag on the left? That’s from Thursday night, before the baby was sick. The more yellow-like milk on the right, which resembles that aforementioned colostrum, came in after the baby nursed all night. It’s all aligned with a 2013 study that found when a baby is sick, the mom naturally produces more cells in the milk to help the baby ward off sickness.
We think it’s just plain old cool. Maybe there’s something to this mother’s instinct after all.
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