Every Drop of Your Breast Milk Is Medicine. Don't Waste It

breast milkLast week I was sitting at a table with my friend who is a doula and two mamas who had natural births. Over dinner, we were discussing breast milk. Wonderful, amazing, incredible breast milk. Great for babies, of course. It's sweet, we unanimously decided. And it cures everything.

Rashes, yeast, ear infections, pink eye, acne, cuts, diaper rash, sunburn, dry skin ... you name it. Wonder milk. Nature's cure made just by mama. It even kills 40 different types of cancer cells. It's amazing. We are amazing creatures for being able to make something that cures so much. Breast milk is medicine. And if you needed further proof, it was just discovered that it helps reverse antibiotic resistance and protects people from pneumonia and staph infections. Here we were for so many years throwing antibiotics at every little thing making the drug less effective, when we could have just done a few shot's of mama's milk and saved the antibiotics for when it's really needed.

It's all about the protein in breast milk. Researchers at the University of Buffalo believe it helps treat people with those nasty superbugs that cause pneumonia, MRSA, and staph infections. Plain old antibiotics don't always work because of years of overuse. That protein is called Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made Lethal to Tumor Cells, or HAMLET. We make this protein, ladies. Liquid gold it certainly is.

They discovered this when treating mice who needed less antibiotics to treat their sicknesses when combined with breast milk. Anders Hakansson, lead researcher and a UB assistant professor of microbiology and immunology, said:

HAMLET has the potential to minimize the concentrations of antibiotics we need to use to fight infections, and enable us to use well-established antibiotics against resistant strains again.

Miracles. Breast milk kills tumor cells and bacteria. The list of amazing uses it has just grows and grows. And they are hoping could eventually be used on humans to help cure people. Lactating mamas should think twice about pumping and dumping. Save that breast milk for the next time you or an adult has a cold or virus. We should also do whatever we can to increase our supply. Maybe someday there will be breast milk drives just like there are blood drives. Fascinating.

What do you think of this revelation?


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Christie Heltzell

Very cool. :) Nature's medicine, indeed!

femal... femaleMIKE

I think its BS.  I don't believe in "cure alls".  As soon as anyone tells me anything like what you just wrote, you lose credibility.

Yes, I know BM is healthy.  I will bf my son.

femal... femaleMIKE

This sounds like an advertisement for Immunical.

lulou lulou

I think its fascinating. The Slate had something awhile back on how the moms glands could tailor the milk to the child's ailment. Even though Im done nursing,  Im keeping my pump, in case a child gets pink eye, or something worse. 


However, I will still always feel like the cow who got into the onion patch.

nonmember avatar HotMamma

I did research on BM and found many similar results when I was nursing my son, I was very impressed with the HAMLET cells. When my son was 6 months old, my husband gave us all a really nasty pinkeye infection. I took him to the doctor and was reluctant to fill the rx for pink eye for my baby. I decided to try BM for his pink eye first...to my amazement, it was completely clear the next morning. A few days later I developed pink eye and filled my son's rx for me....it burned soooo bad and I was so glad I didnt' use it on my son. I actually put some of my BM in my eye and again, cleared up the next day, with no burning, stinging, or gooey eye gels rx in the eye. I uses it on his diaper rash and minor cuts and scrapes when we did not have water to wash the cuts. I heard it even soothes a sore throat, and the ER doctors told me it's not like cow milk that will curdle up in their tummies when they have a fever. I nursed him for 19 months (and would have done it for longer if he didnt' self wean). He is almost 2 1/2 and I still can't part with the frozen BM in my kitchen freezer (even though it's probably not good anymore...)GO BREAST MILK!!!

aeneva aeneva

While working full time and pumping I had an over supply so I kept it in the freezer even after she weaned at 3 years old.  If the kids or I showed signs of anything I thawed it and we had it.  Kept us from getting sick many times.  Dh wouldn't do it, but worked for the kids and I.  I also used it for all kinds of things like pink eye and sinus infection while they were still nursing too.

nonmember avatar kaerae

My breastfed child was soooo much more sickly than my formula baby. Bf son had eczema, reflux, chronic ear infections, RSV, asthma, rotovirus, and was hospitalized 4 times his first year. Formula kid was never sick, slept through the night, no asthma, no eczema, never spent a night in the hospital. Breast milk is good, formula is good, starving is not good, let's all move on.

Chuxter Messinger

there should be breast milk drives! that is wonderful idea!

Merideth Turner

The grandmother and father of my friend's son were both diagnosed with MS before age 35.  The grandmother does a lot of research on MS and speaks with many specialists.  Research has shown that the antibodies in breast milk might prevent MS and other hereditary diseases. 

Julia Ellinger

I wanna know y son my son almost died from MRSA if breast milk protects ppl from it my son was only 3 weeks old when he ended up on a breathing machine for almost2weeks and he was breastfed

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