See Why This Experiment Using Breast Milk Has Gone Viral

posted: 02/15/17
by: Amanda Mushro
Breast Milk Study
Facebook/Vicky Greene

Any nursing mom can tell you, breastmilk is liquid gold, but one mom, use who used breastmilk as part of a science experiment, is showing the power of breastmilk in action.

Vicky Greene is a mom of three and a first year biosciences student at South Devon College in England. For her microbiology research project she wanted to see if the properties of a mother's breastmilk changed based on the age her child. Since breastmilk is full of disease fighting antibodies that help keep babies healthy, she wanted to see if those antibodies change once the baby becomes a toddler or even a preschooler.

She posted pictures of the petri dishes used in her experiment on her Facebook page, and the amazing results have gone viral.

According to Greene, her early findings suggest that breastmilk's antimicrobial properties continue beyond the first year of a child's life. "Here you have 9 Petri dishes containing the bacteria M. Luteus," she wrote on her post. "The white spots in the middle are discs soaked in two samples of breastmilk. See the clear bit around the discs - that's where the proteins in the milk have inhibited the bacteria!"

While the perimeter of each Petri dish is filled with bacteria, the center, where the breast milk was placed, is free of bacteria because the breastmilk has killed off the bacteria. Pretty amazing, right?

Next up, Greene would like to test colostrum, which is the first milk produced by a mother during pregnancy, and will continue her research to see how breastmilk can help children beyond their infant years. As Greene says "The future is bright, the future is breastmilk!"