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A scientist is collecting breast milk from mothers for use as a possible coronavirus treatment

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php Immunologist Rebecca Powell has been collecting breast milk from mothers who survived coronavirus to look for potential treatments. The antibodies found in breast milk are particularly durable compared to the ones found in blood. Mothers have gotten conflicting advice since the pandemic broke out over whether they should continue […]
A scientist is collecting breast milk from mothers for use as a possible coronavirus treatment
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The fascinating biology behind how breast milk is made

The hormone progesterone triggers the production of early milk during pregnancy, while the hormone prolactin is responsible for the production of mature milk after your baby is born. Milk is produced and stored in the breasts by little cavities in the breast tissue called mammary alveoli. Fats, proteins, carbohydrates, and […]
The fascinating biology behind how breast milk is made
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Breast milk could carry harmful chemicals like flame retardants and BPA, but breastfeeding is still the healthiest food source for babies

For decades, scientists have seen trace amounts of chemicals such as flame retardants and heavy metals in breast milk. These findings are particularly concerning since the chemicals can be transferred to infants, who haven’t built up immunity to environmental hazards. The overwhelming scientific consensus is that breast milk is still […]
Breast milk could carry harmful chemicals like flame retardants and BPA, but breastfeeding is still the healthiest food source for babies
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The UK government is raising the alarm about flame retardants in breast milk, but the benefits of breastfeeding still outweigh any risks

The UK Parliament’s environmental audit committee recently warned about the presence of flame retardants in furniture, among other household products. In a statement, committee chair Mary Creagh said UK mothers had “some of the world’s highest concentrations of flame retardants” in their breast milk. But there’s little evidence to substantiate […]
The UK government is raising the alarm about flame retardants in breast milk, but the benefits of breastfeeding still outweigh any risks