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One Mom's Breast Milk Treated Her Baby's Flu and This Picture Is Proof
Flu season is vicious this year, and all moms are on high alert when it comes to keeping their children healthy. But little do people know, moms of babies can provide an added defense against the viral infection—their breast milk. That’s why one mom, Paige Peterson, is going viral on Facebook. She has proof that her body is producing a special form of breast milk that provides sick babies with the nutrients they need while ill. How amazing is that?
Peterson took to Facebook on Wednesday, January 31, to share a photo of two frozen pouches of breast milk she pumped just two weeks apart. The left pouch of breast milk was produced before her child was healthy and the right pouch was produced while her child was sick with the flu.
“Raina tested positive for flu this past weekend. I didn't believe the nurse when she told me because she hasn't had any symptoms of flu that I have noticed.” Peterson wrote. “The frozen milk on the left is from 2 weeks ago. The frozen milk on the right is from this past weekend when her swab came back positive. Notice the change in color?”
Yes, the change in color means that Peterson’s body is making colostrum, a form of milk produced during and after pregnancy that contains antibodies to protect a newborn from illnesses. When producing colostrum, breast milk is more of a yellow to orange color and thick and sticky consistency.
“My breast milk created antibodies to fight off any infections that Raina may have had. I never gave her Tamiflu. THIS is why I breastfeed! If you're a new mom and can breastfeed, please be patient and seek help if you need it. Breastfeeding is SO important for our babies. 💖” Peterson continued.
With 41 thousand likes, 43 thousand shares, and over 9 thousand comments, I think it’s safe to say we are all amazed by Peterson’s story and the power of the female body. Obviously, each flu diagnosis is case-by-case, and other babies who also breastfeed may need more medical attention than Peterson’s situation, but there is no denying that women have the natural power to heal.
We don’t know how many times we have to say it, but women are basically superheroes. Thanks for sharing your story Paige, we are happy to hear your daughter is feeling better, all because of you!