Once again, a viral photo on Facebook is getting people to latch onto the miracles of breastfeeding.
Vicky Greene, a mom of three and first-year biosciences student at South Devon College in England, posted a picture of petri dishes containing the M. luteus bacteria. When she added breast milk from a mom of a 15-month-old to some samples and milk from a mom of a 3-year-old to others, the breast milk killed off the bacteria where they were spread.
"See the clear bit around the discs," she writes. "That's where the proteins in the milk have inhibited the bacteria! I'm so excited!!!" She added, "The future is bright, the future is breast milk."
Greene said the breast milk also worked with E. coli and MRSA.
The almost-miraculous properties of breast milk is why it's so often called "liquid gold." It has been shown to protect against stomach bugs and chest infections. Adults even use breast milk as a treatment for ear infection, as contact lens solution and even as facial cleanser.
Last year, another photo of a mom's breast milk blew everyone's minds because her body changed the milk's immunological composition. When her daughter was sick, the mom noticed the milk she pumped resembled colostrum, the yellow-colored milk moms make during late pregnancy and in the first few days of birth that's packed with antibodies to protect newborns.
These crazy cool antibodies are present in Greene's photo too, and it reminds us of how much potential breast milk has. It was only in 2010 when researchers found HAMLET, a natural substance in breast milk, could kill 40 types of cancer cells. And because HAMLET has so far shown no side effects, researchers are currently working to isolate the molecule and test it as cancer treatment.
Greene's photo has been currently shared more than 26,000 times. She says she will be trying to test colostrum in a few weeks. We can't wait to see how the breast milk of moms of newborns, 15-month-olds and 3-year-olds compare!