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Human Mother's Milk & "The Closest Thing" To It "in Nature"

Dr. Letitia Watrous - Naturopathic Doctor on Raw Goat's Milk; the Bifidus factor, Lactobacillus bifidus

Date:   5/17/2012 3:26:19 AM   ( 9 y ) ... viewed 1881 times

"... goat's milk--the only milk besides mother's milk that any baby should be drinking, since it represents the closest thing to human mother's milk in nature. Not only that, but RAW goat's milk. ... Meanwhile, she outlined a 'sick baby diet' substitute that would probably do well for any baby deprived of mother's milk for whatever reason, although adapted to each baby according to it's own intolerances or allergies.'"[3]

October 19, 2018 - Mother's Milk -

“Some of the molecules and cells in human milk actively help infants stave off infection -

Doctors have long known that infants who are breast-fed contract fewer infections than do those who are given formula. Until fairly recently, most physicians presumed that breast-fed children fared better simply because milk supplied directly from the breast is free of bacteria. Formula, which must often be mixed with water and placed in bottles, can become contaminated easily. Yet even infants who receive sterilized formula suffer from more meningitis and infection of the gut, ear, respiratory tract and urinary tract than do breast-fed youngsters.

The reason, it turns out, is that mother's milk actively helps newborns avoid disease in a variety of ways. Such assistance is particularly beneficial during the first few months of life, when an infant often cannot mount an effective immune response against foreign organisms. And although it is not the norm in most industrial cultures, UNICEF and the World Health Organization both advise breast-feeding to "two years and beyond." Indeed, a child's immune response does not reach its full strength until age five or so. …

… Bifidus factor, one of the oldest known disease-resistance factors in human milk, promotes the growth of a beneficial organism named Lactobacillus bifidus.”:
“How Breast Milk Protects Newborns” By: Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC

An Exclusively Human Milk-Based Diet Is Associated with a Lower Rate of Necrotizing Enterocolitis than a Diet of Human Milk and Bovine Milk-Based Products.[1]

I'd like to see another similar study that includes goat milk instead of bovine.

The Protective Effect of Human Milk -

"Supplementary formula feeds inhibited the protective effect of expressed raw and pasteurised human milk in 226 high-risk neonates in a randomised controlled trial. The infection rate in the group given pasteurised human milk and formula (33%) was significantly higher than the rates in the groups given raw human milk (10.5%), pasteurised human milk (14.3%), and raw human milk and formula (16%). This accords with the impressions that some of the association of infection with artificial feeding is partly attributable to the lack of the protective effect of human milk. Heating expressed human milk to 62.5 degrees C for 30 min significantly reduces its protective effect."[2]

Indira Narayanan is an Independent Consultant, Global Newborn Health and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University · Department of Pediatrics (MedStar); United States · Washington, D.C.

October 20, 2018 - Holistic Approaches to Microbiota and Immunology for Neonates -

Upstate NY SRA invites you to participate in our fall event on Tuesday Oct 23rd at 4:30 pm Eastern time (US). Join us live at Cornell University or livestream the event (details below). This event is free and open to the public.

Join distinguished Cornell University Professors in dialogue about scientific advances in neonatology and controversial impacts of new evidence for maximizing benefits of the breastmilk microbiota!

TITLE: Holistic Approaches to Microbiota and Immunology for Neonates


Immunotoxicologist and Author Rodney Dietert
Risk Communication Scholar and SRA President-Elect Katherine McComas

A short description of speaker roles, an issue for discussion, and summaries of selected clinical studies are appended below. Details about the event are also provided at the link below for the Facebook event.

The livestream will run from the Facebook event at the link above. Members and non-members of Facebook can click on the link to open the event. Livestream will begin on this site at the 4:30 pm Eastern (US) start time. No passwords or login needed.

Feel free to contact me (Peg Coleman) for more information about the event, Upstate NY SRA, and the joint project on the microbiota of milks continuing with our partners in Australia/New Zealand SRA, New England SRA, and UK SRA.

You can also follow us on Facebook and at the Upstate NY SRA website.

SRA Facebook page:
Science and Raw Milk page:
Upstate NY SRA website:

Thank you for considering participating in this event and for sharing this email with others in your network with interests in this event.
Peg Coleman
Upstate NY SRA President
Coleman Scientific Consulting
607 898 3614 landline | 315 729 3995 mobile

Speaker Roles, Issue for Discussion, and Selected Clinical Studies:

Rodney Dietert will provide updated information from his 2017 SRA webinar based on his book, The Human Superorganism: How the Microbiome is Revolutionizing the Pursuit of a Healthy Life.
Professor Dietert will present a lecture on advances in knowledge of benefits of microbiota in neonates from an immunologist's perspective.
See Dietert (2018) A Focus on Microbiome Completeness and Optimized Colonization Resistance in Neonatology. NeoReviews 19(2):e78-88.

Katherine McComas will serve as rapporteur and consider impacts of new evidence on assessing, communicating, and managing benefits and risks to neonates.

Together, participants will deliberate implications of evidence from clinical studies of neonates in NICUs who lose benefits of the breastmilk microbiota when human milk banks pasteurize donor milk. Some studies that will be considered are summarized below.

Human clinical trials demonstrating loss of benefits and higher risk of infection for pasteurized vs fresh breastmilk
Squires, 2017; 302 low birth weight infants (US, WA)
Cossey et al., 2013; 303 low birth weight infants (Belgium)
Strand et al., 2012; 335 infants and toddlers (Nepal)
Montjaux-Regis et al., 2011; (55 premature infants (France)
Schanler et al., 2005; 243 low birth weight infants (US, TX)
Narayanan et al., 1984; 226 high risk, low birth weight infants (India)

November 28, 2018 - Follow-up -

Click on the link below to read a short blog about the event and view the video featuring two Cornell professors, immunologist and author Rodney Dietert and risk communication scholar Katherine McComas.

Please share this with your network of colleagues and friends with interests in the superfood raw milk. Feel free to comment or ask questions on the blog.

This event is part of an ongoing project on the microbiota of milks that is continuing into 2019 with SRA partners in Australia, New England, New Zealand, the UK and Upstate NY.

You can follow the project on Facebook ( and on the Microbes and Microbiota: Benefits and Risks blog (



[2] "Randomised controlled trial of effect of raw and holder pasteurised human milk and of formula supplements on incidence of neonatal infection":


Also see: "'Nutrition' from: 'Nourish', from: 'Nurse' i.e. Breastfeed!":


goat milk, baby food, sick baby diet, Necrotizing Enterocolitis, Human Milk, Bovine Milk, neonatal infection, Microbiota Immunology, Neonates, low birth weight, premature infants, Bifidus factor, Lactobacillus bifidus

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