Like many new moms, Mallory is a huge proponent of the benefits of breastmilk — and she keeps a pretty strict pumping schedule. She’s done her research on breastmilk and how it works, but it wasn’t until recently that she discovered firsthand just how fascinating the human body truly is.
One night, Mallory pumped before laying down for bed. The following morning, she noticed her daughter was congested, irritable, and sneezing. She assumed it was a cold.
So, after having nursed the baby with a cold all night long, Mallory pumped again that morning. But then she looked at that new bag of breastmilk next to an older bag of breast milk — and noticed a huge difference between the two.
Mallory took to Facebook and posted the two bags of breastmilk, along with some information that every parent should see. Her post is going viral and has been shared more than 55,000 times.
“So yall… This is just cuckoo awesome — I read an article from a medical journal not too long ago about how Mom’s milk changes to tailor baby’s needs in more ways than just caloric intake.. So this doctor discusses that when a baby nurses, it creates a vacuum in which the infant’s saliva sneaks into the mother’s nipple.
There, it is believed that mammary gland receptors interpret the “baby spit backwash” for bacteria and viruses and, if they detect something amiss (i.e., the baby is sick or fighting off an infection), Mom’s body will actually change the milk’s immunological composition, tailoring it to the baby’s particular pathogens by producing customized antibodies.”
“Science backs this up. A 2013 Clinical and Translational Immunology study found that when a baby is ill, the numbers of leukocytes in its mother’s breast milk spike. So I filed that away in the back of my mind until I was packing frozen milk into the big deep freeze today.”
“I pumped the milk on the left Thursday night before we laid down for bed. I nurse Baby every 2 hours or so overnight and don’t pump until we get up for the day. I noticed in the wee hours of Friday morning, 3 AM or so — she was congested, irritable, and sneezing ALOT.
Probably a cold, right?”
“When we got up Friday morning, I pumped, just as we always do. What I pumped is on the right side of the photo.
I didn’t notice a difference until today, but look at how much more the milk I produced Friday resembles colostrum (The super milk full of antibodies and leukocytes you make during the first few days after birth) and this comes after nursing the baby with a cold all night long..
Pretty awesome huh?! The human body never ceases to amaze me.”
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