The act of breastfeeding my first baby really sealed the deal for me when it came to healing my body image-not only had I created this baby, but now I was her sole source of food, food I was MAKING with my magic boobies. I loved my body for surviving this. The more I learn about breast milk, the more I am absolutely fascinated by it. I found myself asking my husband just this morning (I’m currently nursing my third baby and was dripping) “Do you think if I rubbed breast milk all over my face it would cure my wrinkles? I bet that’s a thing.” You guys, it is a thing. Breastmilk officially cures/fixes/feeds everything.
Some incredible examples of this include baby’s backwash triggering infection fighters, breastmilk’s rapid leukocyte response, and the fact that breastfed babies are less likely to catch virus’. We read about these things all the time, but getting to see them in action is so.much.cooler. That’s why I wasn’t overly surprised to see this picture circulating around the internet showing the amazing powers of breast milk doing what they do best: magic.
This post is from Vicky Greene, a first year Biosciences student at South Devon College in Paignton, England who is doing a microbiology research project. The picture shows nine Petri dishes containing the bacteria M. Luteus. Greene added breast milk samples to each of the Petri dishes — some with breast milk from the mom of a 15-month-old, and others with breast milk from the mom of a 3-year-old.
The results are amazing-you can see that the petri dishes with breastmilk added to the middle (the second column labeled with “b’s”) have killed off the surrounding bacteria. As Greene explained in the post caption, “The white spots in the middle are discs soaked in two samples of breast milk. See the clear bit around the discs — that’s where the proteins in the milk have killed off the bacteria!”
This image is also significant because it showcases the benefits to extended breastfeeding. This breast milk was taken from a mother feeding a 15 month old and a mother feeding a 3 year old, showing that breast milk continues to offer infection fighting properties and necessary nutrients well past the first year.
I can’t wait to see how her experiment with colostrum goes!