Scientists told how breast milk tastes and whether adults can drink it
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Breast milk is definitely good for babies, but adults shouldn't drink it.
Scientists have known for a long time that newborns definitely like breast milk. And some adults are wondering why this is happening. And of course, many are interested in what breast milk tastes like. What is so important breast milk contains and whether adults can drink it, scientists told Live Science.
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According to Alexa Mises Malchak, family physician at the Family Medicine Center, North Carolina, USA, breast milk tastes exactly different from cow's milk. And the taste of this milk is influenced by the food consumed by the mother of the child, the time of day, as well as the lifestyle of the mother of the newborn.
What does breast milk taste like?
As recent studies by American scientists have shown, the taste of breast milk is different for different mothers. But it is known for sure that breast milk most often has a sweet and creamy taste. At the same time, according to scientists, breast milk is different from cow's milk. Yes, they are made of similar substances, including both containing lactose, but cow's milk is higher in fat and contains more minerals and proteins.
This does not mean that all this is not in the mother's breast milk, just cow's milk contains elements that are more necessary for the cow. At the same time, breast milk contains minerals, proteins, and fats, as well as antibodies, stem cells, enzymes and hormones, which are simply necessary for a newborn at the initial stage of his life.
Studies show that the creamy taste of breast milk is most likely given by fats, which it contains from 3.5% to 4.5%. That is exactly the fat content of mother's milk. At the same time, after processing, cow's milk has only 3.25% fat content. Also, breast milk, when compared to regular milk from the supermarket, is always very warm and has a temperature of about 37 degrees Celsius.
According to Mises Malczak, breast milk, like cow's milk, can also go bad if kept in a separate container for too long. As a result, breast milk begins to stink of rot and acquire a bitter taste. According to American scientists, freezing breast milk to preserve it will also make it taste unpleasant.
What can affect the taste of breast milk?
According to Alexa Mises Malchak, breast milk contains all the necessary nutrients for the development of the child. But these substances are created from the food that a nursing mother consumes. But nature made sure that the milk contained exactly those substances that a newborn needs for its growth and development, especially in the first six weeks of a child's life.
“The very first milk that a mother has after giving birth is called colostrum. It is very low in sugar, but contains enough elements that are necessary to strengthen the baby’s immune system. After about a week or two, the mother has another type of milk that already has sugar more, and also more other nutrients. And after a month and a half, breast milk consists of a more or less constant composition of nutrients, such as sugar, fats, vitamins and minerals. And this milk does not change until the end of breastfeeding, “says Mises Malchak.
But, according to scientists, the taste and composition of breast milk can also be affected by antibodies that got there from the mother if she gets sick. Even during one feeding, the taste of milk and its fat content may change. If at first it is more watery, then at the end of feeding it is more oily.
Studies show that the taste of breast milk is affected not only by the food that a nursing mother consumes, but also by her physical activity, as well as drinking alcohol or smoking. For example, foods with spicy spices or high sugar content can change the taste of milk
“What mom eats, that is, substances from her food, will definitely get into breast milk. This also applies to alcohol and even caffeine” , says Mises Malchak.
Can adults drink breast milk?
American family doctors recommend that if a mother decides to breastfeed, do so only during the first year of a child's life. But Mises Malchak believes that the greatest benefit from breast milk is felt only in the first six months of a child's life.
If this milk is so healthy, is it possible for adults to drink it? Scientists unequivocally say that this cannot be done. There is nothing useful in breast milk for adults, because it is intended specifically for newborns. Strengthening your immune system in this way will definitely not work, scientists say.
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