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To produce breast milk, mothers melt their own body fat. We literally dissolve parts of ourselves, starting with gluteal-femoral fat, aka our butts, and turn it into liquid to feed our babies. But breast milk is much more than food: It's potent medicine and, simultaneously, a powerful medium of communication between mothers and their babies. When a baby suckles at its mother's breast, a vacuum is created. Within that vacuum, the infant's saliva is sucked back into the mother's nipple, where receptors in her mammary gland read its signals. This "baby backwash," contains information about the baby's immune status. Everything scientists know about physiology indicates that baby spit backwash is one of the ways that breast milk adjusts its immunological composition. If the mammary gland receptors detect the presence of pathogens, they compel the mother's body to produce antibodies to fight it, and those antibodies travel through breast milk back into the baby's body, where they target the infection.
At the same time that it is medicine, breast milk is a private conversation between mother and child. The messages we are sending each other are literally made of ourselves, and they tell us about what is going on in our lives at that very moment. Even before babies have any concept of time, breast milk helps them understand certain hours from other hours, night from day."There are hormones in breast milk, and they reflect the hormones in the mother's circulation. The ones that help facilitate sleep or waking up are present in your milk. And day milk is going to have a completely different hormonal milieu than night milk." Mother's milk informs babies of not just the present, but also the past. Returning to the maternal fat-melting - "You have information about your whole life span that could be in your milk. “Breast milk is telling the baby about the world its mother has lived in." Beautiful words by @newearth.mama and so close to my heart is this journey