Posts Tagged ‘mammary glands’

The Search For Stem Cells Leads To Your Breasts

Yep, your breasts. Look at that pretty picture for a second. Those are cells in human milk. The stem cells are red and blue, and the adult cells are green.


Not only does that have implications for ongoing research into stem cells and how they might assist in treating several debilitating diseases, but it’s further evidence that human milk is superfood for babies!

Dr. Mark Cregan at the University of Western Australia, who made this discovery, says this demonstrates to him how a new mother’s mammary glands take over from the placenta to provide the development guidance to ensure a baby’s genetic destiny is fulfilled.

Cregan goes on to say…

“(Human milk) is setting the baby up for the perfect development. We already know that babies who are breastfed have an IQ advantage and that there’s a raft of other health benefits. Researchers also believe that the protective effects of being breast fed continue well into adult life.”

That’s pretty exciting, even for someone like me who had supply problems and combo fed (both human milk and cow’s milk formula). Every drop I nursed and pumped mattered! Yay!

For more on how to get ready to nurse your baby, please listen to this Pea in the Podcast:
Breastfeeding: Tips, Hints And Advice To Make It Work For You

AND! Your boobs aren’t the only source of potent stem cells surrounding maternity. Your baby’s umbilical cord blood is a rich source of the stuff!

More info in this Pea in the Podcast:
Cord Blood Banking: What It Is And Do You Need It?