If you eat junk food, your breastmilk will be junk food

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
If you eat junk food, your breastmilk will be junk food
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Sat, 02-11-2012 - 8:15am

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[It is a lie] that all breast milk is equally nutritious, no matter what the mom's diet is. Studies compared breast milk from different regions of mothers starving in poverty and those with nutritious diets. The nutrients varied greatly. The basic composition was the same as in protein/fat ratio but the vitamins were sometimes up to 8 times less in nutritionally starved mothers, than those with a good diet.

Most American women I'd say are starved nutritionally. We don't know how to eat healthy and, [tend to] live on fast food and TV dinners. Is it fair to tell them "Oh, keep eating that Big Mac, your breastfeeding child will get the same nutrients, it doesn't matter"? Of course not.

[The mother's] health will actually suffer the worst because the body will pull all the nutrients [the baby] needs and put it to the breast milk. But if there's nothing left to pull from her body, what does the child get? They end up without proper nutrition either. If you eat junk food, your breast milk will be junk food.

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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

Another comment along a similar topic:

My children get 100% organic and vegan breast milk. I consume no animal by-products, I only eat organic and as GMO-free as possible, I only put pure, organic, and chemical-free things on my skin. This is very important to us.

A milk bank is NOT acceptable to me. I would honestly rather feed my baby organic grass-fed bovine formula, than breast milk from a mama who consumed flesh. Not to mention chemicals in her milk via make-up, hair dye, lotion, chlorinated water, etc. There is also the smoking issue, eating too much sugar, etc, etc.

So breastmilk at any cost via a milk bank. Um... no.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-29-2005
Where did these comments come from? Love to see references on them.

 


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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

They are just comments on the "Breastfeeding at Any Cost" post on Mothering that I linked to in another post. I am still reading thru - only on page 17 out of 24 now.

No references, just a person's opinions.

http://www.mothering.com/community/t/487795/breastfeeding-at-any-cost/320

However, I have posted articles in the past about this. Would you like me to look them up when I have time?

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
witch_power wrote:

Another comment along a similar topic:

My children get 100% organic and vegan breast milk. I consume no animal by-products, I only eat organic and as GMO-free as possible, I only put pure, organic, and chemical-free things on my skin. This is very important to us.

A milk bank is NOT acceptable to me. I would honestly rather feed my baby organic grass-fed bovine formula, than breast milk from a mama who consumed flesh. Not to mention chemicals in her milk via make-up, hair dye, lotion, chlorinated water, etc. There is also the smoking issue, eating too much sugar, etc, etc.

So breastmilk at any cost via a milk bank. Um... no.

I can totally understand people who would not want to use another mother's breastmilk - even though it would be healthier than formula. It is a big issue to think about, and many would just prefer formula, even if they understand the health issue.

But this poster seems to have thought about the issue from a 'health' point of view, and come up with a formula made from organic grass-fed cattle as being healthier because the breastmilk from another woman would not be as healthy. I wonder if she has considered that between her organic grass-fed cow being milk, and the purchase of the tin of formula, there is a whole lot of processing going on, that substantially changes the original milk.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-29-2005
That was my point, that they were just opinions. I doubt those posters have references to back up their opinions.

They have every right to prefer formula to donor milk ... Doesn't mean that their opinion has science behind it. I'd much rather give my daughter(s) my "tainted" breast milk than formula, and I think I have a lot more science behind me.

 


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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

True - just opinions. But that's often how the best debates have started around here - when someone posts an opinion, not necessarily backed up by research.

But I tend to agree with them that there is a difference, and have posted articles and studies to back up my arguement. If I find time today, I will look for my old posts.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

Of course, I would choose breast milk over formula, no matter what - but I stil lthink it does make a difference in what mom consumes and is exposed to.

I found some of the posts:

http://forums.ivillage.com/t5/The-Debate/Found-the-posts-I-ve-been-searching-for/m-p/87693705

http://forums.ivillage.com/t5/The-Debate/Bone-loss-during-BFing/m-p/87672277

http://forums.ivillage.com/t5/The-Debate/More-BFing-risks/m-p/87672338

Here are some points:

Asthmatic mothers might be missing certain factors that promote lung development, and so cannot pass on the same sort of protection to their babies.

If mom was FF herself, and has a leaky gut as a result, she may not pass on those protective qualities to her children to help prevent allergies.

If mom was immunized for measles, never having acquired the disease naturally herself, she does not have the natural measles antibodies to pass onto her children.

Since cholesterol is a building block for membranes, hormones and proteins, if mom has low cholesterol, her baby may not have the substrate it needs to grow & develop properly.

And if mom's iron stores are low during pregnancy, has poorly controlled diabetes, and/or baby is born early or of low birth weight, baby's iron stores may be low at birth and baby may be at risk of becoming anemic.

It is the enzymes that help seal the baby's gut, and if mom doesn't have them, she cannot pass them onto the baby. There is still things in BM to help seal the gut, but it takes longer without the mother's enzymes.

If it can have this effect, then I do think that your diet is important to your baby's health while nursing. Not to say that one coffee, one drink, one Big Mac, etc. means your milk is useless. Just that it does matter and it does make a difference.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

__Study: Organic Dairy and Meat Improves Quality of Mothers' Breast Milk__
A new study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, showed that organic dairy and meat products in a mother's diet positively affect the nutritional quality of her breast milk-markedly increasing beneficial fatty acids.

Specifically, a diet in which 90% or more of dairy and meat products are organic is correlated with measurably higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). CLA is a type of fat that is believed to have anti-carcinogenic, anti-atherosclerotic, anti-diabetic and immune-enhancing effects, as well as a favorable influence on body fat composition. For newborns specifically, CLA is believed to especially aid immune system development.

"The study shows that breastfeeding mothers can influence the supply and quality of fatty acids for their infants, by eating a diet with organic dairy," adds Rist.

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_6245.cfm

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-20-2008

But this poster seems to have thought about the issue from a 'health' point of view, and come up with a formula made from organic grass-fed cattle as being healthier because the breastmilk from another woman would not be as healthy.

The sense I got from this woman's post was that she was a vegetarian who didn't eat "flesh" (aka meat) because she felt it was not healthy and thus felt that organic formula would be better then BM from a meat-eating mom. Thus it seemed that this mom might be more OK with getting donor milk from another vegetarian though maybe she also has a general squeamishness about donor milk from a diseases

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-16-2010
teresagem wrote:
witch_power wrote:

Another comment along a similar topic:

My children get 100% organic and vegan breast milk. I consume no animal by-products, I only eat organic and as GMO-free as possible, I only put pure, organic, and chemical-free things on my skin. This is very important to us.

A milk bank is NOT acceptable to me. I would honestly rather feed my baby organic grass-fed bovine formula, than breast milk from a mama who consumed flesh. Not to mention chemicals in her milk via make-up, hair dye, lotion, chlorinated water, etc. There is also the smoking issue, eating too much sugar, etc, etc.

So breastmilk at any cost via a milk bank. Um... no.

I can totally understand people who would not want to use another mother's breastmilk - even though it would be healthier than formula. It is a big issue to think about, and many would just prefer formula, even if they understand the health issue.

But this poster seems to have thought about the issue from a 'health' point of view, and come up with a formula made from organic grass-fed cattle as being healthier because the breastmilk from another woman would not be as healthy. I wonder if she has considered that between her organic grass-fed cow being milk, and the purchase of the tin of formula, there is a whole lot of processing going on, that substantially changes the original milk.

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