There are so many benefits of breastfeeding and not just for baby -- it's great for moms and not just for bonding -- it has been shown to reduce the risk for breast cancer later in life. And recently, it was revealed when studying the antibacterial agents of mothers' milk that breast milk has the ability to kill 40 different types of cancer cells.
It should make any lactating mom re-think the "pump and dump" and even makes me want to donate my own breast milk for further studies ... though it's hard enough for me to keep up with hungry twins.
A Swedish study revealed that liquid gold is even more valuable that we thought.
A substance in breast milk, Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made Lethal to Tumor cells (known as HAMLET), was recently tested on patients who had bladder cancer. After each treatment, the patients' urine was tested to reveal that the dead cancer cells were excreted. HAMLET did not affect healthy cells.
Are you smiling yet? How amazing is this news? I don't even want to get started on a rant about how this just furthers the fact of how incredible our bodies are and how magical women are when we have babies. But ... amazing, right?
Lab experiments have revealed that HAMLET kills 40 different types of cancer cells when tested in a petri dish and the next step is to test it on patients with skin cancer and brain tumors. It's all in hopes that HAMLET will become a cancer treatment medication in the future.
Would you donate your breast milk to science?
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