in light of recent conversations that touched on contamination from the air we breathe and the changing properties of i found the following quote the most interesting.
"Simply put, human milk is alive, says James Friel, professor of human nutrition at the University of Manitoba. “Some components are biologically active. They play a role that goes far beyond nutrition,” he explains. “For example, if you put an oxidant stressor — something like cigarette smoke — in breastmilk, it resists the stressor, and breastmilk does this better than formula even though formula contains more antioxidants. "
i'd love to see the science behind this...
but but but...how would smoke get into formula in the first place? (same with the other stressors bf needs to filter?)
Yup, but I guess my point is, so what if bm filters cigarette smoke? Unless mom is a smoker, it's not really a "benefit".
That's what I saw in this article - a bunch of reasons bm is "better" that really didn't mean bm is better.
I don't mean to sound ignorant on this subject....but isn't it more the actual chemicals found in the smoke that you guys are discussing...not so much the "smoke" itself?
I always thought that the smoke itself went to the lungs and from there...it was the chemicals that were filtered out into the body (tar and nicotine to just mention a few).
Again, I am not trying to sound ignorant....just trying to get my mind straight.
I am not going to claim to understand how that happens at all.
so, it may be in the milk, but a baby is not digesting it and using it (vs say actually breathing it in the air and having the chemicals stay in their lungs).
otherwise, ugggh...i know people who've tried to quit. my father had a massive stroke at the age of only 50 and its completely related to smoking. he's permanently disable, can't speak, had one leg and many motor problem. i was exposed to heavy 2nd hand smoke for the first 17 years of my life. i wish you luck in quitting - i can't imagine how hard it is, but i've seen the effects first hand and hope you can find a method that works.