There are many secrets in breast milk, a rich source of vitamins, proteins, fats and minerals that provide all the nutrition and energy needed by the baby. Where scientists work to study the secrets of breast milk, what are these secrets?
Helps to sleep:
The mother’s milk contains the hormone mélatonin or so-called sleep hormone, which helps the baby to sleep, and surprisingly, according to a study conducted in 2016 found that the proportion of this hormone in milk produced at night on average about five times higher than milk produced in the day.
Breast milk carries protective agents such as antibodies to protect the baby and help him to cope with infection and disease. Surprisingly, there are medical studies conducted in 2013 that proved that the level of immune components excreted with milk may increase when the baby needs more. For example, when a mother has a cold, the level of white blood cells in the milk increases by 64 times.
As discovered in 2007, scientists have discovered that breast milk contains stem cells that can develop into a wide range of tissues. So far, however, it has not been known how these cells affect the baby or its growth.
It is also surprising that milk levels of vitamins, proteins, hormones, fats, sugars, and other substances differ from mother to mother, and their percentage also varies during the child’s development and when the same mother breastfeeds two different children.
Mother’s milk is not just a food for the baby’s growth, it is also a food for intestinal microbes where research has shown that milk contributes to the growth of intestinal microbes that help maintain the health of the child.