Presented by Laura Klein

Many of us are familiar with milk as a food in our supermarket aisles, whether as a beverage that pairs well with cookies, or as the starting ingredient for cheese and yogurt. But milk is also part of what makes us mammals, a class of animals that produces milk as the first food for our young. Our lecture will begin with a discussion of the “recipe” for milk and investigate why the recipe may vary among species. We will also take a closer look at how different parts of milk support the growing infant. Next, we will dive deeper into how milk supports an infant’s immune system. Finally, we will conclude by discussing current and future applications of milk as medicine.


2 thoughts on “More Than Food: Exploring human milk as medicine

  1. Interesting presentation. I think you are mistaken in believing that a mother of a premie would not have completed breast development and therefore potentially be unable to provide human milk for her offspring. According to “Counselling the Nursing Mother” 5th ed. by Lauwers and Swisher, by the end of the second trimester (4-6 months)…”Production of colostrum is established, and at this point, a woman would lactate were she to deliever prematurely (Hartmann et al., 2003)

    I appreciate the study of human milk, because it adds to the emphasise I have spent a lifetime trying to teach- that human milk is the only safe food for human babies, and that there is really no need for a multi billion dollar industry to continually undermine women and their ability to produce milk. Babies who need breast milk because of unusual situations can have it provided to them by other mothers. Bacteria levels of UPS shipped milk are a false flag, obviously. So keep up the good work, but, please, be aware that your work is ripe for exploitation (as are you yourself) by corporate interests who want only to KEEP women from breastfeeding. Susan Jacoby, IBCLC

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