Cancer didn’t stop this mama from giving her baby breastmilk – It’s Cancer, Baby episode 4

I hadn’t heard of this┬ámini-documentary webseries before coming across this piece on Cafe Mom‘s – The Stir.

Joanna is a new mom who is also battling cancer, and realises that she won’t be able to breastfeed for very long due to the drugs she has to take for chemotherapy. So she finds a donor who enables Joanna’s baby to continue receiving breastmilk for the first three months of her life. More in the video below.

 

Watching this made me so grateful to be a part of this amazing community where there’s a space for families to ask for or offer breastmilk donations. We’re doing a good thing here, people. Thanks for being in this with us.

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Breast milk seems to kill HIV

Super excited to read this on newscientist.com:

Previous research had hinted that breast milk might have antiviral properties, but it was unclear if it would prevent HIV transmission. “We have shown that milk has an intrinsic innate ability to kill HIV,” says J. Victor Garcia, who supervised the work.

Read the whole article here.

 

Ever wondered what was in breastmilk?

I am always surprised to discover that there hasn’t been done all that much research into breastmilk, it’s components and the impact it has on health. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of information out there and I’m grateful for it. But there isn’t as much as I’d expect, particularly considering how vital it is for the health of both babies and their mothers.

Anyway, good news! I recently read an amazing piece on NativeMothering.com which goes into much detail about the known components of breastmilk and the roles of said components. Amazing read. I was particularly intrigued by the presence and function of non-nutritive elements which essentially support the newborn’s health and boost their immature immune systems.

Please click over there and have a read… we’d love to know what you think and please share links to any other fascinating pieces you’ve seen around the interwebs about the glory of what breastmilk is made of.

xoxo!

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