The perfect food in nature, only 4% fat, loaded with proteins, enzymes and antibodies, as well as vitamins, sugars and essential minerals, containing 100% of just about everything a baby needs to grow,
Is it any wonder that men are fascinated by the female breast, when you consider that any sample of milk from a mammary contains up to 600 species of bacteria, the majority still unknown to science, and for such an enormously popular human feature, it is incredible how ill-informed we are about mammary gland basic biological fact.
Knowing and understanding how breasts function has never been more important, because modern humans are living longer, and breasts are now actually not only bigger than ever before, but appearing at ever younger ages. Yet if they start to sag, the ladies get worried about their sex appeal, and 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the first silicone implant surgery in Houston, Texas.
Were you aware that breast cancer is the most common of cancers in women worldwide, today twice as prevalent as two generations ago and still rising. Yet despite our poor understanding of their functions, the body decoding the microbial genes of every major human gland and secretion failed to include breast milk.
Up until very recent times, breast milk was believed to consist of some 200 components, divided into fats, sugars, proteins and enzymes, yet new research methods have revealed that in fact, far from being sterile, breast milk is loaded with live bacteria which – though no-one is certain of this yet – might act as a vaccine, inoculating the infant gut.
Even more startling is the discovery that there have so far been found, in the milk, 140 types of oligosaccharide sugars, of which human bodies are filled – 200 types in all – though a female mammary glands create unique unattached ones to deposit in the milk, something found nowhere else in nature. Oddly enough the babies cannot digest these, bt those bacteria can, helping the newborn to fight infections.
So-called Prolacta Bio-science both concentrates and pasteurizes donated human milk, because they can then sell it on as a supplement food for premature babies, as it is high in one of the most sought-after breast milk components – a glycoprotein called lactoferrin, which has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-infective properties.
Breakthroughs in scientific understanding of breast milk are radically changing the views on human health, because it is undoubtedly the perfect food in nature, only 4% fat, loaded with proteins, enzymes and antibodies, as well as vitamins, sugars and essential minerals, containing 100% of just about everything a baby needs to grow, along with extras to help ward disease off for a lifetime.
Even though mothers do, of course, absorb certain amounts of toxins and unhealthy chemicals over time, which can also find their way into the breast milk, there is no doubt whatever that the healthiest start to life for any baby is to be breast-fed for at least six months from birth, preferably twice that long. These baby boys, especially, will grow up with an endless fascination for the female breast, and is that really any wonder?