Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Breast Milk Contains Stem Cells!

Admittedly, I don't know a lot about stem cell research. I know that stem cells could eventually provide vital support in treatments for serious diseases. I also know that stem cell harvesting has been a controversial subject because of the practice of harvesting stem cells from embryos, and I have stayed out of that debate as much as possible.

More research has found that breast milk contains stem cells, and this is a ground-breaking discovery. Dr. Mark Cregan has made some amazing revelations about the properties of breast milk:

“We already know how breast milk provides for the baby’s nutritional needs, but we are only just beginning to understand that it probably performs many other functions,”

"He says that, in essence, 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."

“We already know that babies who are breast fed 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."

The discovery of stem cells in breast milk could provide a whole new array of options in harvesting stem cells and using them to treat serious illness.

To read the whole news article, please click here: Breast Milk Contains Stem Cells

I found this article through a fellow childbirth blogger: Doula Surround

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