New research backs breast is best claim
New research presented in London this November explored the fate of stem cells in breast milk and confirmed the migration and functional integration of these cells in the offspring.
What does this mean? It means, breast milk is even better for baby than was even realised.
As if we didn't already know breast milk is rather amazing stuff, it is on tap, full of nutrients for baby, always the right temperature and free! But, in 2007 it was discovered that mothers breast milk contains stem cells, those amazing cells that are integral to every human, making it even more magical.
But it gets even better as the same group of scientists have now found out that once in baby's body the stem cells take on an extremely important role.
Up until recently, breast milk was considered to be mostly nutrition for the baby, but this new research on breast milk cells provides evidence that breast milk is much more than just nutrition for your baby - quite remarkably it provides developmental support and protection also - quite simply meaning as well as making baby grow it also potentially helps develop their brain and key organs.
These latest findings were unveiled by Dr Foteini Hassiotou who has been leading the study since 2010. The research began back in 2007 when (Cregan et al, 2007), discovered stem cells exist in breast milk and they became committed to further understanding the significance of these cells, the role they play for the infant and the potential possibilities they offer.