So far, we were told that Mother’s milk is sterile. Absolutely pure.
And with this image, we also strive for Dairy milk. Pasteurized! Sterile. No bacteria at all!
That is the level of modern scientific temper we are proud of. 🙂 And investing heavily so that our kids are groomed under it. 🙂 (This does not mean I do not respect science and her achievements. Just a direction and outlook to look at nature is wrong).
In Ayurvedic understanding, no organism is harmful. Everyone is doing their job (or following their Dharma). Bacteria in milk are necessary. They are their to help the consumer of the milk.
“Culture-dependent and -independent techniques have revealed the dominance of staphylococci, streptococci, lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria in this biological fluid, and their role on the colonization of the infant gut. These bacteria could protect the infant against infections and contribute to the maturation of the immune system, among other functions.”
It is high time we get rid of this germ-phobia. ASAP. Sooner the better.
The way mother’s milk helps infant, Gau milk helps adults.
On immediate basis, dairy milk should be replaced with raw milk from Gau shala where ethical practices are followed (Calf’s milk is not snatched. No hormone injections are used. Machines are not used for milking etc)
The human milk microbiota: origin and potential roles in health and disease.
Human milk has been traditionally considered sterile; however, recent studies have shown that it represents a continuous supply of commensal, mutualistic and/or potentially probiotic bacteria to the infant gut. Culture-dependent and -independent techniques have revealed the dominance of staphylococci, streptococci, lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria in this biological fluid, and their role on the colonization of the infant gut. These bacteria could protect the infant against infections and contribute to the maturation of the immune system, among other functions. Different studies suggest that some bacteria present in the maternal gut could reach the mammary gland during late pregnancy and lactation through a mechanism involving gut monocytes. Thus, modulation of maternal gut microbiota during pregnancy and lactation could have a direct effect on infant health. On the other hand, mammary dysbiosis may lead to mastitis, a condition that represents the first medical cause for undesired weaning. Selected strains isolated from breast milk can be good candidates for use as probiotics. In this review, their potential uses for the treatment of mastitis and to inhibit mother-to-infant transfer of HIV are discussed.
We consider this Nation as our mother. We consider nature around us as mother. Both Nation-mother and Nature-mother are in peak of the stress.
Who can help us reduce this stress?
By giving birth to carefully taken care infants and breast feeding them.
Funny? Not so funny. Read ahead.
We all know that Mother feeds nectar like nutrients, bacteria, and immune system markers via milk. List does not end here. She also transfers Prana Shakti (if she is प्राणवान. Lactating mothers should strive to become प्राणवान. They should do breathing exercise. And this should start before couple plan for child). Along with Annamay sharir and Pranamay sharir, she also transfers vital Mind markers to child. She does not only build physical and Pranic body of a child but also mental body. So it is important to remain cheerful and live for mothers. Most life-threatening or SIDS – Sudden infant death syndrome events has roots in either past life karma or lack of care by parents for each level of body. Development does not stop at delivery. It goes on till age 21. So till then mothers must remain in calm and positive state of mind.
Stress marker is sent to child in milk for physical body and mental body. This restricts infant’s growth.
This does not stop at breastfeeding. Mothers should strive for preparing food for child with highest love and care and feed them until they become adult. This is great service to the Nation. Your healthy child is future of healthy nation. Take care! 🙂
So when mothers of the Nation start taking utmost care of infants, we receive mentally and physically healthy future citizens. Citizens who are sensible and strong enough to protect own mother, Nation-mother and Nature-mother.
Got the point now?
Breastfeeding is a great social service. Breastfeeding is a sacrificial opportunity for all mothers. Do take care. If you are a young married female, you don’t need anything to do for Nation if you prepare yourself for becoming mighty selfless mother 🙂
Same is for Gau mata. Take very well care of her. Keep her stress-free and she will give nectar as Prasad. Prasad (Milk, Gobar, Mutra – MGM) that has potential to cater son’s basic needs food & energy.
In a Mother’s Milk, Nutrients, and a Message, Too
Milk is not just food. The more closely scientists examine it, the more complexity they find.
Along with nutrients like protein and calcium, milk contains immune factors that protect infants from disease. It hosts a menagerie of microbes, too, some of which may colonize the guts of babies and help them digest food. Milk even contains a special sugar that can fertilize that microbial garden.
Now, it turns out, milk also contains messages.
A new study of monkeys, published in the journal Behavioral Ecology, demonstrates that a hormone present in milk, cortisol, can have profound effects on how babies develop. Infant monkeys rely on cortisol to detect the condition of their mothers, the authors suggest, then adjust their growth and even shift their temperaments.
I hope we understand this. Right age pregnancy followed by at least 6 months feeding is not only critical for child but equally critical for mother’s health.
A large international study shows that breastfeeding is associated with a lower risk of developing an aggressive form of breast cancer called hormone-receptor negative. This new combined evidence shows the risk was reduced by up to 20% in women who breastfed.
All working mothers : Work and career can wait for another year, your health cannot. Take care. If required, take Paid Time Offs or Leaves without pay. It is not worth to ignore this duty with good health as return.
Breastfeeding and breast cancer risk by receptor status—a systematic review and meta-analysis
Background Breastfeeding is inversely associated with overall risk of breast cancer. This association may differ in breast cancer subtypes defined by receptor status, as they may reflect different mechanisms of carcinogenesis. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of case–control and prospective cohort studies to investigate the association between breastfeeding and breast cancer by estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR), and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) status.
Design We searched the PubMed and Scopus databases and bibliographies of pertinent articles to identify relevant articles and used random-effects models to calculate summary odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs).
Results This meta-analysis represents 27 distinct studies (8 cohort and 19 case–control), with a total of 36 881 breast cancer cases. Among parous women, the risk estimates for the association between ever (versus never) breastfeeding and the breast cancers negative for both ER and PR were similar in three cohort and three case–control studies when results were adjusted for several factors, including the number of full-term pregnancies (combined OR 0.90; 95% CI 0.82–0.99), with little heterogeneity and no indication of publication bias. In a subset of three adjusted studies that included ER, PR, and HER2 status, ever breastfeeding showed a stronger inverse association with triple-negative breast cancer (OR 0.78; 95% CI 0.66–0.91) among parous women. Overall, cohort studies showed no significant association between breastfeeding and ER+/PR+ or ER+ and/or PR+ breast cancers, although one and two studies (out of four and seven studies, respectively) showed an inverse association.
Conclusions This meta-analysis showed a protective effect of ever breastfeeding against hormone receptor-negative breast cancers, which are more common in younger women and generally have a poorer prognosis than other subtypes of breast cancer. The association between breastfeeding and receptor-positive breast cancers needs more investigation.
Breast milk is brain food : Role of Prana
Many friends feel hammering by my repeat posts on same subjects. What I am trying is, showing importance of critical life factors by different angles.
Breast feed is one such critical point in national interest. It is fundamentally game changer for future of the Nation. It can lay strong foundation for the future.
One more post on it:
You are what you eat, the saying goes, and now a study conducted by researchers at UC Santa Barbara and the University of Pittsburgh suggests that the oft-repeated adage applies not just to physical health but to brain power as well.
Amount of omega-3 docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in a mother’s milk — fats found primarily in certain fish, nuts and seeds — is the strongest predictor of test performance.
Another rich source of DHA is Ghee prepared using traditional churning method from ethically procured desi Gau milk. This is the reason why pregnant mothers in rural India are given lots of ghee during last trimester ( because of high demand of DHA in womb while brain formation is going on)
Yes, there will be argument that vegetables, fruits and nuts too have DHA. Agreed. But we forget that tradeoff related to digestion process. It is always less burden for growing kids’ digestion system to digest Ghee than nuts. You cannot give nuts to kids and toddlers in large amount. I do not deny other foods but it is always good to have ghee (Of course not the one available in your supermarket! It is the worse of a kind and so much violence involved!)
We should observe subtle difference in different DHA food.
1) Mother’s milk 2) Ghee 3) Fish
4) Vegetable 5) Fruits 6) Nuts
Why mother’s milk is best? (And so ghee)
Because DHA in breast milk is digested DHA. It has already gone through mother’s digestion. It is nurtured by mother’s love and Prana shakti (Well, modern rationalists and doctors do not believe in Prana – but they do prescribe pranayama 😛 😀 – poor guys!)
So mother’s milk is full of prana shakti – so do DHA in it!
Anything full of prana shakti is accepted and digested by body easily. And it is less burden for toddlers. Toddlers nursed by mothers for long never suffer from indigestion! This is the reason!
Same is applied to ghee. In case ghee, along with Maa Gau, extra churning is performed by family members (So it is always good to eat ghee churned by known family member or kind hearted Gau palak). The one from market is dead processed by machine – not worth for our digestion.
4)5) – They are great if we intake them fresh. When they are fresh from farm, they are full of prana shakti. But in urban setup, We receive all stale items. Stored in warehouses under chemical treatment. Prana is dead. So they and all nutrition (including DHA) are difficult to digest by body.. 6) is full of prana and good. Only issue is, they are not so much full of prana (As dead) that they become difficult to digest.
Breast milk is brain food
Docosahexaenoic acid content is significantly higher in ghrita prepared by traditional Ayurvedic method
Ghee (clarified butter) also known as ghrita, has been utilized for thousands of years in Ayurveda. Ghee is mostly prepared by traditional method in Indian households or by direct cream method at industry level. Ayurvedic classics mention that ghrita made from cow milk is superior. However, there is no scientific comparison available on preparation methods and essential fatty acids content of ghrita.
To investigate fatty acid composition of ghrita prepared by traditional/Ayurvedic method and commercial method (direct cream method).
Materials and Methods:
Fatty Acid Methyl Esters (FAME) extracted from ghrita samples were analysed on Gas Chromatography (GC) Shimadzu B using capillary column BPX70 (0.32 mm*60 m, ID of 0.25 mm). The fatty acids in the samples were identified by comparing peaks with the external standard 68A (Nu-Chek-Prep, Inc.USA). Significant differences between the experimental groups were assessed by analysis of variance.
Distribution of fatty acids was compared in ghrita samples prepared by traditional method and direct cream method which is commercially used. Saturated fatty acids were predominant in both the groups. Mono unsaturated fatty acids and poly unsaturated fatty acids were in the range of 17-18% and 3-6% respectively. DHA content was significantly higher in ghee prepared by traditional method using curd starter fermentation.
The findings suggested that ghrita prepared by traditional ayurvedic methods contains higher amount of DHA; Omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, which is a major component of retinal and brain tissues and remains important in prevention of various diseases.
Career-crazy and/or body-conscious and/or lazy women of 21st century avoid breast-feeding or restrict it up to only 2-3 months. Or rather we have turned into society where there is no collective importance of each child’s basic right i.e. breast-feeding.
I previously suggested that all lactating mothers should be financially supported by govt/society for 2 years. That is how caste-free, reservation-free strong generation can come up.
Cow milk is not more sacred. Mother is turned into machine. And with that, we lose all medicinal values!
Not only that, we have turned into pseudo-sentimentals. Instead of being part of natural cycles, we ignore cycles for false animal-sentiments. And we stop striving for Gau prasad!
Not only growth, breast-milk or desi-cow-milk supports wound-healing. Speedy recovery of injuries.
As this study proves that a hormonal factor, present in breast milk, plays a key role in regulating newborn metabolism. This is the key reason why milk of Desi cow is medicine for kids, weak, sick and elderly with dysfunctional metabolism.
This important growth factor is missing in all so called vegan milk alternatives.
A study proves that a hormonal factor, present in breast milk, plays a key role in regulating newborn metabolism
A scientific team led by Francesc Villarroya, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Barcelona (UB), together with the Biomedical Research Networking Centres on Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBERobn) and the Danone Institute, has proved that a compound found in breast milk, named fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21), plays a key role in neonatal nutrient absorption and intestinal function. FGF21 also contributes to improve newborn growth and metabolic profile.
This is the main conclusion of the project Estudi de FGF21 com a nou factor present a la llet, implicat en els efectes beneficiosos de la lactància materna, included in the programme of excellent research RecerCaixa, an initiative organised by the Obra Social “la Caixa” together with the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP). The results of the study have been published in the journal Scientific Reports of the Nature Publishing Group.
FGF21 is a hormonal factor produced mainly in the liver. The factor is present in the human body in a natural manner, even if in some people it is more active than in others. To date, it was known that it plays important roles in favouring glucose uptake and energy metabolism, and thus possesses anti-diabetic and anti-obesity properties. The research study led by Dr Villarroya, director of the Institute of Biomedicine of the UB (IBUB), has proved that oral infusion of FGF21 to neonatal gut induces the gene expression of intestinal hormones and increases intestinal lactase activity and lactose absorption.
Animal models indicate that metabolic profile and growth is 25% better in neonates who receive the factor than in those who do not receive it. In order to come to this conclusion, researchers analysed the differences between a group of pups nursed with milk containing FGF21 and another group of pups nursed with milk lacking FGF21.
In a previous study developed together with the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, the team led by Dr Villarroya found that FGF21 levels are very low in fetuses, but the blood levels of FGF21 rise dramatically after birth and the initiation of suckling. This fact proves the importance of maternal breast feeding.
Recombinant bovine basic fibroblast growth factor accelerates wound healing in patients with burns, donor sites and chronic dermal ulcers.
rbFGF is effective in shortening the wound healing time and improving the wound healing quality. Accelerating wound healing is of clinical benefit in reducing the length of hospitalization, costs and emotional burden of the patient.
Bovine milk lactoferrin induces synthesis of the angiogenic factors VEGF and FGF2 in osteoblasts via the p44/p42 MAP kinase pathway.
Lactoferrin (LF) belongs to the transferrin family and is present in several physiological fluids, including milk and colostrum. LF has recently been identified as an anabolic factor for bone. Here we investigated whether bovine LF (bLF) induces synthesis of angiogenic factors by osteoblasts. If so, we examined the underlying mechanism. We found that bLF purified from milk increased the mRNA expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF2) in murine osteoblast-like MC3T3-E1 cells and primary murine osteoblasts in a time- and dose-dependent manner. Furthermore, bLF increased VEGF and FGF2 protein levels in MC3T3-E1 cells. In addition, treatment of MC3T3-E1 cells with bLF rapidly induced phosphorylation of p44/p42 mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase. The bLF-mediated increases in VEGF and FGF2 mRNA and protein were inhibited by U0126, a specific inhibitor of the upstream kinase that activates p44/p42 MAP kinase (MEK). Taken together, our results strongly suggest that bLF induces VEGF and FGF2 synthesis in a p44/p42 MAP kinase-dependent manner in MC3T3-E1 cells.
Lactoferrin is only present in human milk and cow milk.