Breast Milk (Liquid Gold)
Breast Milk is the milk produced by the mammary glands (breasts) of a human woman used to feed her infant child. Mothers Milk provides nutritional benefits and protects your child against infection and disease, it’s the primary source of food for an infant until their digestion system matures and they can digest new foods.
While pregnant and while breast feeding, it is important for the mother to drink plenty of water (half your body weight in ounces) and maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. Woman’s bodies can produce enough milk to feed their child. Don’t supplement your supply with formula, for this will just dramatically decrease your milk supply. The more the baby nurses, the more milk you will produce. You should begin breastfeeding as soon as your child is born, their sucking instinct is strong then. The first supply of milk your child will receive from you is called colostrum; a thick golden-yellow fluid full of nutritious antibodies and very gentle to your baby’s stomach. The protein in breast milk is designed to be easily digested by your infant’s delicate digestive system. It is recommended for the first 6 months as your infants only source of nutrition until you start to introduce one food at a time, with partial feedings continuing until a year or two of life, although it is fine if a child goes longer than that. Even if you only make it the first 12 weeks of their life you have made a dramatic difference in their health but please try and hold out until a very minimum of 6 month of life.
“Breastfeeding can be one of the most challenging parts of having a newborn. The pressure can feel overwhelming, feeling like your body is not producing enough milk to nourish your infant but the rewards of breastfeeding far outweigh the stress or inconvenience of it”
When starting to breastfeed upon delivery rest assured that your baby is getting enough colostrum and milk. Day one a baby’s stomach capacity is about the size of a shooter marble, by day three it is about the size of a ping pong ball and by day 10 it’s about the size of a chicken egg. This is the reason your baby eats very little but very often in the first few weeks. If given the chance a newborn infant will crawl up their mothers abdomen to breast feed for the first time.
Breastfeeding not only benefits your baby it has beneficial effect on the mothers’ mind and body. Increased oxytocin levels in mothers that breastfeed are believed to be the reason why these mothers have less signs of postpartum anxiety and depression compared to mothers of formula fed babies. This is most likely due to the natural bonding between mother and baby while breastfeeding. Woman who breastfeed reduce their risk of developing breast cancer by as much as 25 percent. While breastfeeding your estrogen levels are low and it is though that the less estrogen available to stimulate the lining of the uterus and breast tissue as well, in turn the longer a woman breastfeeds the lower her risk of cancer. Breastfeeding also delays ovulation and can act as a natural form of birth control after you have a baby so the longer you breastfeed the longer you can practice natural child spacing. Studies have shown that breastfeeding mothers have more fat loss one month postpartum (when compared to formula feeding mothers) and tend to return to their pre-pregnancy weight faster.
It takes 1,000 calories a day on average to produce breast milk. Woman are advised to eat an extra 500 calories daily to help milk production, these calories should consist of healthy whole foods and plenty of healthy fat, like: MCT oil, raw organic cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil, avocados, green olives, raw nuts and seeds. The body uses reserves it built up during pregnancy to produce the rest. The extra caloric intake is imperative to the mothers health and postpartum recovery both physically and mentally, without these extra healthy calories the body will go into “starvation mode” and it will hold onto the reserves it built up during pregnancy, hindering weight loss and milk supply.
Breastfeeding your baby will reduce your childs risk of cavities early in life, all formula even the organic brands contain one or more forms of sugar.
“A drop of breast milk contains around one million white blood cells. These cells, called macrophages (“big eaters”), gobble up germs. Breast milk is also power packed with immunoglobin A (IgA), which coast the lining of babies’ immature intestines, preventing germs from leaking through. Secretory IgA also works to prevent food allergies. By coating the intestinal lining like a protective paint, the benefits of breastmilk prevent molecules of foreign foods from getting into the bloodstream to set up an allergic reaction.”
If your baby is latched on properly the his/her tongue will stick out his/her gums and his/her lips will be flared open while your nipple and areola will be in his/her mouth. Nursing should not be painful when baby is latched on correctly. If your baby’s first latch isn’t good unlatch them by slipping your pinky finger into their mouth next to your nipple to break the seal. Tickle the babies mouth with your nipple until they open up wide, insert your nipple and areola into babies mouth. Repeat until latch is secure.
“The body knows what to do, it’s just miraculous. It knows how to grow and develop normally, it knows how to heal. But, you have to get out of its way. That’s the very first thing, you have to remove as many obstacles to the body’s growth, development and healing as you possibly can.” ~Beth Lambert, MA, Microbiome Medicine Summit II
If you are thinking of having a baby, have a baby, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding I encourage you to watch this four-part lecture on Infant immunity with Dr. Susan Humphries and Hilary Butler. There is some mind-blowing information in this lecture that you can’t learn in any book and many doctors and even midwives are not aware of a lot of this information. It may get a little scientific at time but watch it until the end and I guarantee you will pick up vital information for the health and longevity of your newborn baby and it’s developing immune system. The female body is just amazing at what it can do and even cure inside of your child while it is a fetus and then when the child is completely dependent on you for nutrition. I have listen to each part several times over the last couple years and I always pick up something new that I forgot about or simply didn’t retain the first time I listened. I listen while I drive, or on my phone when waiting in lines, I take screen shots of the slides and made an album in my phone so I could review the information repeatedly, I watch at home when I can sit and take notes. I find the knowledge and experience between these two woman motivating and inspiring. So, in this section I am going to share my notes from Part I and Part III sessions as they pertain to this section of the book. I encourage to watch all five videos to the four part series on You Tube yourself and or look up the PMID numbers on PubMed, these numbers are assigned to each article record when it enters the PubMed system so you can see with your own eyes where this information came from.
Infant Immunity Part I Infant Immunity Part III
The three -year pregnancy, the importance of epigenetics, Birth, placenta, breast milk with Hilary Butler
Nutrition, the microbiome and the trouble with vaccines Published on March 24, 2015
“The specific protective components of human milk are so numerous and multi-functional, that science is just beginning to understand their functions.” ~ Ballard and Morrow, PhDx2 Feb 2013, NIH manuscript, PMID:23178060
The three most beneficial things you can do for your child are:
#1 Have a vaginal delivery with no interference
#2 DO not clamp the cord
#3 Breast feed for up to 1 or 2 years of life, 6 months at the very minimum.
Breast milk contains Stem Cells, discovered by Dr. Mark Cregan in 2007 (PMID: 17440749)
Dr. Mark Cregan says: Breast milk is a baby’s genetic destiny, it is setting the baby up for perfect development.
“A new Mothers mammary glands take over from the placenta to provide the development guidance to ensure a baby’s genetic destiny is fulfilled.”
Every day you breast feed you give your baby 100 billion immune cells, from your blood to your milk.
The Mothers job is to lead a healthy lifestyle while pregnant and continue through breastfeeding for you are growing another human inside of you and then you are this tiny human only food source, your milk continues to shape and develop this tiny human into a strong child with a robust immune system which it will need for the rest of its life into adulthood. When a child is fed cow milk formula (whey) there is always a 10% weight increase in those baby’s, cow milk has proteins in it meant to make a baby cow into a 500 pound cow, so don’t be concerned or upset when the doctor tells you your baby is small or in the lower percentile, the average is based off of formula fed babies not healthy breast fed babies, do not supplement with formula or cereal that is full of empty calories and zero nutrition. Listen to your motherly instinct, is your child healthy and thriving or is it lethargic and has no energy because of lack of nutrition. You know how you feel when you don’t take care of yourself don’t let fear and words of another (no matter their good intention) get in the way of what you know and believe to be right for your child, just my opinion. I’m going to climb down off my soap box and let you get back to this vital information.
Infant immunity Part I, published March 23 2015
“Epigenetics is actually a revolution in the field of genetics and biology and it’s reshaping the way scientists once thought about inheritance and our genetic fate. Epigenetics literally translates to ABOVE THE GENOME and it has to do with behavior of genes, where by the same genes can produce, different results depending how they are acted upon by the outside world” ~Dr. Susan Humphries
The bits that build, Infant immunity Part I, published March 23 2015
Breastmilk under a microscope looks something like this:
Breastmilk contains: Stem cells, microRNA, Messenger RNA, Transforming growth factor TGF-B (activin) and Calcium binding protein (S100B)
A babys immune system is meant to stay in an anti-inflammatory state and your breast milk will keep it that way, vaccines put your baby into an immediate state of inflammation because your babys immune system is forced to respond to the foreign invaders that were just injected into its system, formula keeps your baby in a constant inflammatory state.
Delayed cord clamping is necessary, the cord/placenta holds 40% of the baby blood. This blood is oxygenated. Cutting the cord can interrupt your baby’s first breath outside the womb. The stem cells in the cord blood and your breast milk your baby needs human epigenitsic, human remodeling
I say let nature take its course, the team of people and professionals you have around you during time of delivery can make all the difference in the world.
Finding breast fed babies that die of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) are very few and far between.
Vaccinated babys that are breast fed have a better chance of not becoming vaccine injured or regressing into an autistic state.
“Breast milk contains factors that are capable of programming the infant’s developing immune system and metabolism into a health-promoting model.” ~Ballard 2013 PMID:23178060
Hillary Butler on first time pregnant woman, Breastfeeding and stem cells:
Before you got pregnant you had no means nor ability of feeding a child. Once the sperm attached to your egg and life began a bunch of stem cells triggered inside your breasts. Below are stem Cells found in Breast Milk and this is just the beginning of what they are responsible for in your childs growth and development.
“Make no mistake breast milk is not milk to throw in your coffee and make no mistake when it comes to formula there is no comparison to breastmilk”
Stem Cells can become:
Mammoectoderm, Myoepithelial-Luminal-Lactocyte (Breast Milk Production Activated)
Neuroectoderm, Nueron-like cells (Nerves)
Endoderm, Hepatocytes-Pancreatic Beta Cells (Liver cells, Pancreatic cells)
Mesoderm, Osteoblasts-Chondrocytes-Adipocytes (Bones, Cartlidge, Fat)
Hassiotou 2013 PMID: 23515088
Irmak on RNA in breast milk: Study of a child who suffered from a genetic disease and could not be fed by it’s mother so they employed a wet nurse. Irmak dedicated these two articles to that wet nurse.
Messenger RNA and wild RNA
- Messenger RNA orchestrates immune responses and the immune system
“Transfer of wild RNA from a healthy wet nurse could result in permanent correction of clinical manifestations in genetic disease.” Irmak 2012 PMID: 22676860
This goes back to proving that it was not a “genetic” disease but an “epigenetic” disease, it was caused by its environment and healed through changing that environment with the wet nurses, RNA and good gut flora, hence changing the microbiome in the childs gut.
Micro RNA, from breast to baby:
Micro RNA made in mothers breast
Packaged into lactosomes (releases genetic material into your babys cells upon injestion)
Delivered to baby in Milk
What does microRNA do?
There are 602 unique miRNAs in breast milk (Munch 2013)
It targets at least 9,074 genes
2,691 are metabolic genes
130,000,000 copies of miRNA-181 (induces B cell differentiation)/Liters/Day in breast milk (this is just one type of cell that breast milk makes so imagine how many million of the others you are making as well, Immune cells, T&B cells, Blood Cells, pancreatic Cells, Muscle specific cells, Liver Cells)
“This epigenetic programming of your childs immune system and metabolism. It has a program that is goes through and it has a very, very specific order.” ~Hilary Butler
Dr. Susan Humphries speaks about intergenerational knowledge: Our grandparents and their parents and grandparents knew how to keep us healthy and how to avoid sickness.
“Now we live in the error of experts and intergenerational knowledge has been broken”
70% less chance of a breast-fed baby getting Type 1 diabetes (Rosenbauer 2008 PMID: 17968962)
Your breast milk is anti-inflammatory
Breast Milk contains Stem Cells
50,000 to 5.1 billion or more (depending on which study you read), given to baby daily through breast milk
Embryonic Stem Cells
Stem Cells are used for: Tissue Repair, Regeneration, Microchimerism Hassiotou 2013 PMID: 23515088
Breast fed babies have a higher IQ than formula fed babies
- Dependant on Mothers diet and nutrition including Omega-3 fatty acids (Balfort 2014 PMID:23896931)
- “If you eat junk, you get junk and you give junk” ~Hilary Butler
Breast milk is the ultimate epigenetic modeling, if you don’t breast feed what you get is formula epigenetic modeling because cow’s milk is meant to grow a baby calf really fats and really big.
Hamlet (Human alpha-lactalbumin Made Lethal to Tumor cells) Hakansson 2014 PMID:21423701
Hamlet is a complex between alpha-lactalbumin (protein found in human breast milk) and oleic acid that induces cell death in tumor cells while leaving healthy cells alone.
Triggers death – alters cell membrane, activates organelles, proteasomes & mitochondria: enters nuclei-. The cell + Hamlet die (macro-autophagy). Then your babys immune system clears it out.
- Breast fed baby have 9 times less chance of developing cancer, breast milk kills these cells before they can begin.
- Hamlets main job is controlling your babys gut, your babys gut is growing at an alarming rate
“A breast fed baby from a healthy mother will rarely get pneumococcal or hemophilus or any of those bacterial diseases that are encapsulated n because hamlets job it to nuk the lot” ~Hilary Butler
Benefits of breast feeding for baby and mother
- Breast milk is the ultimate epigenetic modeling
- Programmes the metabolism and immune system
- Lowers the risk of Type 1 diabetes
- The longer you breast feed the lower the autism rates are (vaccine damage)
- Lower risk of obesity
- Lower risk of eczema
- Improved brain function
- Strong immune system
- Reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
- Lower risk of middle ear infection
- Lower risk of respiratory tract infections
- Lower risk of postpartum depression in Mother
- Lower risk of breast cancer in Mother
- Reduces risk of osteoporosis in Mother
- Reduces the risk of Heart Disease in Mother
- The longer you breastfeed the more benefits child receives
- Reduces risk of hip fractures in post-menopausal years
- Breast feeding induces contraction for the first week or so after you give birth (contracts and relaxes your deep abdominal muscles making them stronger)
- Breastfeeding save a family an average of $2,000-$4,000 yearly compared to buying formula
When pumping, it’s important to not only write the date on the save milk but also the time of day. Breast Milk composition changes by the hour. Milk pumped in the evening has high levels of melatonin in it from the mother to help the baby sleep.
I read a story of a mother who noticed that the color of her breast milk changes color over a few weeks of pumping. When her child wasn’t feeling well her milk turned bright yellow. She did some research and found out that breast milk changes to fit your Childs health needs based on a triggered response from their backwash while feeding.
Basically, baby’s backwash sneaks back into the mother’s nipple and if the mammary glands detect any bacteria it causes an increase in leukocyte production. Leukocytes fight infection and are super high in colostrum. Colostrum is the first milk the mothers breast puts out after the baby is born. So when your baby isn’t feeling well put the pump away if possible and fill that baby up with you own super milk, high in antibodies and leukocytes!!!!!
Tips to Boost your milk supply
- Nurse, and nurse often the more your baby eats the more milk you will produce, this prepares your body for when your baby will go through several growth spurts in the first years of life.
- Drink Water, half your body weight in ounces daily.
- If you feed you baby milk that you had pumped previously, remember to pump at the same time the baby would normally be eating.
- Feed baby from both breast during every feeding session, this way your baby will fully empty each breast.
- Eat every three hours and eat a clean healthy diet full of good fats, your body has to burn calories to produce milk and you need energy and nourishment to keep up with your growing baby’s needs
- Fenugreek, increases milk supply
- Brewer’s yeast, found at local health food store, add to smoothie or oatmeal
- A beer a day helps boost milk supply, the darker the beer the better
- Steel cut oats, make oatmeal daily
- Mother Milk Organic Tea, found in your local health food store. Contains: ALL ORGANIC, bitter fennel fruit, anise fruit, coriander seed, blesses thistle seed, spearmint leaf, West Indian lemongrass, lemon verbena leaf, marshmallow root
Cow’s milk was designed for baby cows It contains two types of protein (casein and whey) that are not easily digest by humans. It is intended to nourish a baby cow into a 5oo pound adult cow. If you are thinking about feeding your infant or baby formula, please read the ingredients and anything you are not familiar with please type it into your search engine and see if you feel comfortable feeding that to your tiny little human. Formula is full of fillers like soy, corn or wheat lecithin, preservatives, and other additives, basically formula is liquid poison for your baby’s fragile digestive system.
Formula fed babies have higher rates of health issues
- Gastroenteritis (stomach flu)
- Necrotizing enterocolitis, a digestive tract disorder that is a leading killer of premature infants
- Middle ear infections
- Urinary tract infections
- Regressing into Autism after a series of vaccinations
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), leaky gut and colitis
There is NO replacement for breast milk, 1 bottle of formula will change the microbiome in your childs stomach for two weeks. If you must supplement or top off with formula you can put a pinch of vitamin C powder in each bottle and add probiotics to it, but remember this is a far cry from breast milk. If you can find a donor to get breast milk that is a better choice.
Disclaimer: The strategies, suggestions, and techniques expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only. The Author, Kira Miller, is not rendering medical advice nor is she trying to diagnose, prescribe or treat any disease, condition, illness or injury.
If you are under the care of a physician it is imperative that you consult their advice before beginning any new exercise or nutrition program.
Kira Miller claims no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss or damage alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application or interpretation of the material presented here.