Mallory Smothers from Arkansas, believed her daughter was coming down with a cold. The following morning, she pumped some breast milk “as we always do”.
It was only when she compared the milk pack with the one she had pumped the previous evening that she made a “cuckoo awesome” discovery.
“I read an article from a medical journal not too long ago about how Mom’s milk changes to tailor baby’s needs in more ways than just caloric intake,” smothers posted to Facebook. “Mom’s body will actually change the milk’s immunological composition, tailoring it to the baby’s particular pathogens by producing customized antibodies”
Research confirms it: A 2013 study in Clinical and Translational Immunology found that when a baby (or a mom) is ill, the numbers of leukocytes in its mother’s breast milk spike.
Breast milk that’s made-to-order to guard against sickness? Yeah, our bodies are pretty damn awesome.