The Internet Is Losing It Over This Little-Known Benefit Of Breastmilk

by | Feb 28, 2018

Jessica Wilson was curious about the benefits of feeding her baby breastmilk – so she decided to put hers to the test. But after she posted the results to Facebook, it sparked a heated debate.

A biology student by day, she soaked four small assay discs in her expressed breast milk and four in an unnamed brand of formula, and placed them into separate petri dishes containing the same strand of bacteria. After 24 hours, she analysed how each liquid had performed.  

“As you can see the clear circles around the disks is where the breast milk has fought off the bacteria and nearly cleared the plate,” she captioned a side-by-side shot of the dishes. 

“The formula, on the other hand, has had no effect and the bacteria has completely overrun the plate, even moving the disks.”

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According to Wilson, this proves “boobs are magical” and “breast really is best.”

“Be proud of what you are giving your babies,” she added.

Her post has since been shared over 12,000 times, with many parents praising her for sharing her knowledge. 

“Perfect example to give health education to pregnant and post-natal women,” one mum wrote.

But others were outraged, quickly calling her out for being insensitive to those who are unable to nurse.

“This will make the ladies who can’t breastfeed feel even worse,” one of the comments read.

“Saw this and now I feel like crap. I can’t breastfeed so now I have scientific proof that I failed to provide my daughter with the best start in life,” added another.

On the other hand, a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition shows that instant formula that is infused with prebiotics is just as effective as breast milk for protecting the immune system.

Whatever side of the fence you sit on – breast or bottle – you can’t deny that every mum has the right to decide what’s best for her baby.

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It’s been labelled the shadow pandemic and the fact remains that for many women across Australia, domestic violence is a lived reality that doesn’t discriminate by age, occupation, or socio-economic status. Researchers have found that during Covid-19 lockdowns, there was a surge in family and domestic violence, with agencies experiencing a surge in demand as nearly half their clients reported an increase in controlling behaviours. 

As many who have lived through such turmoil and trauma can attest, the roadmap to fleeing such situations at home can be fraught with challenges and extremely difficult to navigate, particularly when such bureaucracy makes it even harder. Now, it’s been announced that women fleeing a violent relationship will be given a one-off $5,000 payment as part of a federal government trial scheme. 

Known as the “escaping violence payment scheme,” the government has set aside $144.5 million over the next two years to give women $1,500 cash, with the remainder to pay for goods and services, bond, school fees and other necessaries to establish a new safe home. UnitingCare Network will be tasked with delivering the payments while helping link women and their children with relevant community services. 

As the Daily Telegraph reports, “An analysis of domestic violence data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that while it is more common for women from poorer areas, women from high socio-economic areas are not immune from experiencing partner violence.”

As Women’s Safety Minister Anne Ruston explained, the trial has been introduced with the aim to help women overcome the financial barriers that might deter them from leaving a violent relationship. “We know that financial hardship as well as economic abuse - which may involve interfering with work or controlling or withholding money - reduces women’s ability to acquire and use money and makes it difficult to leave violent relationships,” she said. 

“The payments will assist people who need financial support to leave. We know the size of the house a woman is fleeing doesn’t matter. Often she bundles the kids into the car, maybe the dog too and they leave with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.”

To be eligible for a payment, women must be facing financial stress and have some evidence of domestic violence such as a referral from a family and domestic violence service provider with a risk assessment and safety plan, or an AVO, court order or police report. As UnitingCare Australia National Director Claerwen Little said, “We believe that all people, especially women and their children, have the right to live freely and without fear, and this payment is an important step forward to ending violence against women and children.”

If you require immediate assistance, please call 000.

If you’d like to speak to someone about domestic violence, please call the 1800 

Respect hotline on 1800 737 732 or chat online. 

Under 25? You can reach Kids Helpline at 1800 55 1800 or chat online.