A scientist decided to get a better look at her breast milk in a petri dish, and what she found will amaze you.
It's no secret that breast milk is an absolutely amazing substance—but Vicky Greene, a first year biosciences student, wanted to get a better sense of what makes breast milk so special. And you won't believe what she discovered.
Greene, a first year biosciences student, decided to get a clearer picture of breast milk's protective and adaptable nature—while we've seen reason to believe the milk can change properties in response to a baby's needs and age, Greene wanted to see if its benefits were as potent in older children. She shared an image of the milk in petri dishes along with a caption detailing some of her findings, and the image has gone viral.
One of the milk samples she observed comes from a mom who is feeding a 15-month-old baby, another comes from a woman who is nursing her three-year-old. If her findings are any indication, breast milk continues to be protective to babies even after they pass the one-year mark—Greene placed bacteria in the petri dishes to observe whether or not breast milk appeared to ward it off, and the results are promising.
"[H]ere you have 9 Petri dishes containing the bacteria M. Luteus. The white spots in the middle are discs soaked in two samples of breast milk. See the clear bit around the discs- that's where the proteins in the milk have inhibited the bacteria! I'm so excited!!! It also worked with E. coli and had a fairly good go at MRSA too," Greene captioned her photo. "[T]he future is bright, the future is breastmilk."
Based on her findings, it appears that even though breast milk does change properties as a child ages, it's still completely protective for children. We wonder what this discovery could indicate—does this mean breast milk might one day be used to treat older patients? It's pretty amazing, right?