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Breast Milk Contains Stem Cells

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Ok, so I’m a little behind the times. This story is from 2008. But a friend just brought it to my attention… An Australian has scientist discovered that breast milk contains stem cells. Here’s a bit from the story in Science Alert:

“We already know how breast milk provides for the baby’s nutritional needs, but we are only just beginning to understand that it probably performs many other functions,” says Dr Mark Cregan, a molecular biologist at The University of Western Australia.
He says that, in essence, a new mother’s mammary glands take over from the placenta to provide the development guidance to ensure a baby’s genetic destiny is fulfilled.
“It is setting the baby up for the perfect development,” he says. “We already know that babies who are breast fed have an IQ advantage and that there’s a raft of other health benefits. Researchers also believe that the protective effects of being breast fed continue well into adult life.
“The point is that many mothers see milks as identical – formula milk and breast milk look the same so they must be the same. But we know now that they are quite different and a lot of the effects of breast milk versus formula don’t become apparent for decades. Formula companies have focussed on matching breast milk’s nutritional qualities but formula can never provide the developmental guidance.”



One Response to “Breast Milk Contains Stem Cells”

I just googled breastmilk and stem cells and came up with this article in May of this year. Turns out some doctors in India were able to isolate the stem cells and give them to sick babies and they all seemed to respond well. Here is the link its pretty interesting.

http://www.themedguru.com/20100527/newsfeature/stem-cells-breast-milk-could-cure-infants-many-diseases-study-86135809.html

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