Breast milk is one of nature’s most perfect foods. What makes breast milk so healthy? How can breast milk be used to improve health? Is breast milk the original alternative medicine?
What Exactly is in Breast Milk?
- Breast milk contains the enzyme lipase which helps to break down the fat into smaller globules so that the baby can digest it more easily.
- Breast milk is high in fat which is very important in helping the baby gain weight.
- The protein, casein, in cow’s milk is not digested as easily as the protein in human breast milk, lactalbumin which is more easily digested.
- Human breast milk is good for healthy bone development. The calcium-phosphorus ratio is 2 to 1 in breast milk.
- Breast milk contains 87% water. Breastfed babies do not need additional water.
- Breast milk contains B lymphocytes which form antibodies that target specific microbes
- Macrophages in breast milk destroy microbes in baby’s stomach
- Neutrophils in breast milk ingest bacteria in baby’s digestive system
- Breast milk contains T lymphocytes which kill infected cells and send out messages and help to build the baby’s immune system
- The secretory IgA class antibodies found in breast milk, bind to the harmful cells in baby’s digestive system and prevent them from passing through the walls of the baby’s stomach and traveling out into the tissues of the baby’s body
- Breast milk contains bifidus factor which helps to increase the growth of Lactobacillus bifidus. This is the good bacteria that helps us to digest our food.
- The fatty acids in breast milk help to destroy the membranes around bad cells and eventually kill the bad cells.
- The lactoferrin in breast milk is binding with iron. Lactoferrin prevents the bad bacteria from multiplying by blocking it from accessing the iron in the body.
- Breast milk contains mucins which attach to bacteria and viruses to prevent them from adhering to mucosal tissues
- The oligosaccharides in breast milk adheres to bacteria and other harmful cells to prevent it from attaching to mucosal surfaces
- Iron is absorbed into the body with breast milk 50% more efficiently than in commercial cow’s milk formulas, even though breast milk is low in iron.
What Does Research Tell Us?
Researchers in Switzerland and Australia reported in the September 5, 2008 ACS Journal of Proteome Research that identification of proteins in human breast milk — not present in cow’s milk — that may fight disease by helping removing bacteria, viruses and other dangerous pathogen’s from an infant’s gastrointestinal tract.
Yalin Liao, and other researchers in an ACS study in 2011, ReProteomic Characterization of Human Milk Whey Proteins during a Twelve-Month Lactation Period, reported that “Human milk is a rich source of bioactive proteins that support the early growth and development of the newborn.” Their research described differences in protein patterns among the low-abundance proteins during lactation.
In another ACS study in 2012,Charles C. Nwosu, and other researchers compared breast milk and bovine milk protein. Researchers discovered that “The results suggest that high fucosylation is a general trait in human, while high sialylation and low fucosylation are general features of glycosylation in bovine milk.”
How Can Breast Milk be Used for Healing?
Breast milk is not only beneficial for the baby when used in breastfeeding, it is also beneficial in many other ways as a powerful healing alternative medicine.
- Breast milk can be rubbed on the umbilical cord to help it heal more quickly, immediately after giving birth.
- Breast milk can be stored in the freezer and applied to small wounds, cuts, or scrapes and used for it’s natural healing properties.
- A few drops of breast milk in the eye, several times a day, has been shown to help to clear up eye infections or conjunctivitis
- Breast milk has been shown to be very effective in healing minor skin problems such as: allergic rashes, eczema, psoriasis, inflammation, and acne
- If your child or baby has an ear infection, a few drops of breast milk in the ear, a few times a day, has been shown to be very effective in bringing healing relief before seeing the pediatrician.
Breast milk is 87% water, packed with natural healing properties and has no known adverse reactions or side effects for most everyone. It is very important as the first and primary food for your baby. It is also considered to be one of the safest alternative healing treatments for many health ailments. It is always best to check with your trusted family physician or health care provider to determine what is best for you and your family.
This article is written by Jean Voice Dart, M.S. Special Education from Illinois State University. Jean is a published author and has written hundreds of health articles as well as hosting a local television program, “Making Miracles Happen.” She is a Registered Music Therapist, Sound Therapist, and Master Level Energetic Teacher, and is the Executive Director, founder and Health and Wellness Educator of the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance. The Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance is a registered 501 (c) 3 nonprofit health and wellness education organization. For more information about the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance contact us or visit our website at www.montereybayholistic.com.
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