📩 03/10/2023 12:12
Liv Hospital Child Health and Diseases Specialist Dr. Hilal Kızıldağ made statements about breast milk.
"It is the most beneficial food for the baby"
Liv Hospital Child Health and Diseases Specialist Dr. Hilal Kızıldağ, the first heartbeats, the movements felt... Along with it, great happiness, excitement, curiosity, anxiety, the mother's efforts to be the most beneficial for her unborn child... She said that breast milk is nature's gift to you and you to your baby.
Dr. stated that while the mother provides the ideal physical environment for her baby to grow and develop with her womb, she nourishes her baby through the placenta. Hilal Kızıldağ said, “While her baby grows and develops inside her, she also makes preparations in her body to support the development of her unborn baby in the world. "The breast tissue reaches maturity to produce milk during pregnancy, and after birth, the mother begins to breastfeed her baby." said.
"Every mother's milk is ideal for her baby"
Dr. Hilal Kızıldağ, baby; He stated that the content of breast milk varies from mother to mother depending on the week of pregnancy, calendar age, time period during the day, and whether it is at the beginning or end of breastfeeding, and therefore, each mother's milk is unique for her baby.
"Colostrum is different from mature milk"
Pointing out that the milk secreted during the first five days after birth is colostrum, Dr. Hilal Kızıldağ said, “It is also known as colostrum among the public. Its content, color and consistency are different from mature milk. It is very rich in proteins and antibodies that protect against infections. It prepares the baby, who leaves its protected environment in the womb, for the world.” he said.
"Improves the immune system"
Dr. Hilal Kızıldağ said, “Breast milk does not only meet the nutritional needs of the baby. It also has a unique composition containing anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, immune-regulating substances and living cells. All of these contribute to the development of the child's immune system. Studies and meta-analyses show that exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is associated with reduced rates of lower respiratory tract infections, severe diarrhea, otitis media and obesity.” he stated.
"It is a living liquid"
Underlining that breast milk is a living liquid, breast milk cannot be compared with artificial nutrients, Dr. Hilal Kızıldağ said that the main cellular components of breast milk are macrophages, lymphocytes, neutrophils and epithelial cells and continued: "It has been shown that there are also stem cells similar to embryonic stem cells. These stem cells are extremely important cells in tissue and organ regeneration. The presence of bacteria in breast milk has been known since the 1970s. However, with new non-culture techniques, breast milk microbiota has been revealed as a complex system containing a wide variety of microorganisms. "In particular, Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli have functions such as activating the immune system, inhibition of pathogens, regulation of digestive system enzymes, development of tolerance to allergens, and food production for mucosal growth."
"Breast milk is a source of epigenetic information"
Dr. Hilal Kızıldağ said, “In recent years, the presence of micro-RNA in microvesicles in breast milk has been demonstrated. Micro-RNAs are a type of small single-stranded RNA molecules and play a role in regulating gene expression. They play a role in the control of important physiological processes such as cell cycle, cell differentiation, growth, metabolism, tumorigenesis and apoptosis (programmed cell death). Breast milk micro-RNAs have been found to be associated with the development and regulation of immune function, especially in the infant. “The mother regulates the genes and development of her offspring through micro RNAs in milk.” she said.
"It protects against cancer"
Kızıldağ stated that it has been reported that alpha-lactalbumin, a protein found in breast milk that helps synthesize milk sugar and together with this milk sugar, enables the baby to sleep comfortably and reduce stress, can combine with omega-9 fatty acid in the baby's stomach and undertake different functions in the body, Kızıldağ concluded his words as follows. :
”This resulting protein-lipid complex is called Hamlet. It has been determined that this complex structure, which forms only in the baby's stomach, can fight and kill approximately 40 different types of tumor cells and has the ability to distinguish healthy cells. "The results obtained in studies on alpha-lactalbumin, which is found in the composition of breast milk, indicate that Hamlet protein kills tumor cells with a natural and non-toxic mechanism and provides a lower risk of cancer in breast-fed children and their mothers."