Viral Photo Shows How Much Breast Milk Changes Daily -- Based on What Your Baby Needs

Mom shares breastfeeding viral post

In case you didn't know it, the human body is fascinating. Scratch that -- the female body is all sorts of amazeballs. Mallory Smothers is an Arkansas mom whose photo of breast milk changing to fit baby's needs is gaining a ton of attention.


During a late-night breastfeeding session, Mallory noticed her LO was congested and showing signs of sickness. Pumping breast milk later that morning, Mallory found herself doing a double take. It had only been one day since she last pumped her liquid gold, and boy, was there a noticeable difference.

Yellow in color, her breast milk resembled colostrum, or "first milk," that a mother gets in the early days of breastfeeding.

That's when a lightbulb went off in her head.

As Mallory explains, it's just an awesome wonder of science -- that allows Mom's milk to better accommodate the needs of her sick baby.

So yall.. This is just cuckoo awesome-- I read an article from a medical journal not too long ago about how Mom's milk...

Posted by Mallory Smothers on Sunday, February 14, 2016

Here's more of what Mom had to say:

I pumped the milk on the left Thursday night before we laid down for bed. I nurse Baby every 2 hours or so overnight and don't pump until we get up for the day. I noticed in the wee hours of Friday morning, 3 AM or so-- she was congested, irritable, and sneezing ALOT. Probably a cold, right?

When we got up Friday morning, I pumped, just as we always do. What I pumped is on the right side of the photo.

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Pretty cool, huh?

As it turns out, what Mallory noticed is has an explanation

Published in the journal Clinical & Translational Immunology is a study that looks at how a mother's milk supply will produce leukocytes to help battle infections. Researchers note that colostrum typically has a high amount of these disease-fighting cells that decrease as Mom's breast milk matures.

What's interesting, however, is what happens should a mother and/or baby get sick.

Infection can enter Mom's body through baby saliva that sends the signal something is wrong. As Mallory's awesome photo illustrates, when baby's immune system is compromised, a mother will start to produce breast milk that's high in leukocytes -- sometimes as much as 95 percent. Once the child is no longer sick, the leukocytes level begins to decrease.

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I'm sorry, but this is pretty badass if I do say so myself. Mom is truly Wonder Woman, who can prevent chaos in her household, maintain a daily schedule, and save the day with breast milk that adapts to help protect her child.

Yeah, we're awesome.



Image via Mallory Smothers/Facebook

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