MIRACULOUS MIXTURE: MOTHER'S MILK
And We have enjoined upon man goodness towards
his parents: His mother bore him by bearing strain upon strain,
and his weaning was in two years: "[Hence, O man,] be grateful
to Me and to your parents; to Me is the eventual coming." (Qur'an,
milk is a matchless compound created by Allah to meet the baby's
nutritional needs and protect it against possible infections. The
balance of the nutriments in mother's milk is at ideal levels and
the milk is in the ideal form for the baby's immature body. At the
same time, the mother's milk is also very rich in nutrients which
accelerate the growth of brain cells and the development of the
Artificial baby foods prepared with present-day technology cannot
replace this miraculous food.
The list of advantages to the baby provided by
mother's milk is being added to every day. Research has shown that
babies who are fed mother's milk are particularly protected against
infections concerning the respiratory and digestive systems. That
is because the antibodies in mother's milk provide a direct defence
against infection. Other anti-infection properties of mother's milk
are that it provides a hospitable environment for "good" bacteria
called "normal flora" thus constituting a barrier to harmful bacteria,
viruses and parasites. Furthermore, it has also been established
that there are factors in mother's milk which arrange the immune
system against infectious diseases and allow it to function properly.96
Since the mother's milk has been specially designed, it is the
most easily digestible food for babies. Despite being nutritionally
very rich, it is easily digested by the baby's sensitive digestive
system. Since the baby thus expends less energy on digestion, it
is able to use that energy for other bodily functions, growth and
The milk of mothers who have had premature babies contains higher
levels of fat, protein, sodium, chloride and iron to meet the baby's
needs. Indeed, it has been established that the functions of the
eye develop better in premature babies fed on mother's milk and
that they perform better in intelligence tests. In addition, they
also have a great many other advantages.
One of the ways in which mother's milk is important
to the development of the new-born baby is the fact that it contains
omega-3 oil alpha linoleic acids. As well as being an important
compound for the human brain and retina, it is also of great importance
from the point of view of new-born babies. Omega-3 is of particular
importance throughout pregnancy and the early stages of babyhood
if the brain and nerves are to develop normally. Scientists particularly
emphasise the importance of mother's milk as a natural and perfect
store of omega-3.97
Furthermore, research by Bristol University scientists
revealed that among the long-term benefits of mother's milk are
its positive effect on blood pressure, thanks to which the risk
of heart attack is reduced. The research team concluded that the
protective nature of mother's milk stems from its nutritional content.
According to the results of the research, published in the medical
journal Circulation, babies fed on mother's milk are less
likely to develop heart disease. It has been revealed that the presence
in mother's milk of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids-these
prevent hardening of the arteries-along with the fact that babies
fed on mother's milk consume less sodium-this is closely linked
to blood pressure-and do not, as a result, gain excessive amounts
of weight are among the ways that mother's milk benefits the heart.98
In addition, a team led by Dr.
Lisa Martin, of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Centre
in the USA, found high levels of the protein hormone known as adiponectin
in mother's milk.99 High blood levels
of adiponectin are associated with a reduced risk of heart attack.
Low levels of adiponectin are found in people who are obese and
who are at increased risk of a heart attack. It was therefore established
that the risk of obesity in babies fed on mother's milk declined
in relation to this hormone. Furthermore, they also discovered the
presence of another hormone called leptin in the mother's milk which
has a central role in fat metabolism. Leptin is believed to be a
signal to the brain that there is fat on the body. According to
Dr. Martin's announcement, therefore, these hormones absorbed in
babyhood through mother's milk reduce the risk of such illnesses
as obesity, type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance, and coronary
Facts about "The Freshest Food"
The facts about the mother's milk are not restricted to these.
The contribution it makes to the baby's health alters according
to the phases the baby undergoes and whichever foodstuff is required
at a particular stage, the contents of the milk change to meet those
very specific needs. Mother's milk, ready at all times and at the
ideal temperature, plays a major role in brain development because
of the sugar and fat it contains. In addition, elements such as
calcium in it play a large role in the development of the baby's
Although it is called milk, this miraculous compound actually consists
mostly of water. This is a most important feature because in addition
to food, babies also need liquid in the form of water. Full hygiene
may not be established in water or foodstuffs other than mother's
milk. Yet mother's milk-90% water no less-, meets the baby's water
needs in the most hygienic manner.
Mother's Milk and Intelligence
Scientific research shows that the cognitive
development in breast-fed babies is greater than that in other babies.
A comparative analysis of breast-fed babies and formula-fed babies
by James W. Anderson-an expert from the University of Kentucky-established
that the IQs of babies fed on mother's milk were 5 points higher
than those of other babies. As a result of this study, it was determined
that intelligence is benefited by mother's milk for up to 6 months
and that children who are breast-fed for less than 8 weeks show
no IQ benefit.101
Does Mother's Milk Combat Cancer?
a result of all the research performed, it is proven that mother's
milk, on which hundreds of papers have been published, protects
babies against cancer. This, despite the fact that the mechanism
is not yet fully understood. When a protein from the mother's milk
killed off tumour cells which had been grown in laboratories without
damaging any healthy cells, researchers stated that a great potential
has emerged. Catharina Svanborg, professor of clinical immunology
at Lund University in Sweden, headed the research team that discovered
these miraculous secrets of mother's milk.102
This team at Lund University have described the way that mother's
milk provides protection against many forms of cancer as a miraculous
Initially, researchers treated intestinal mucous
cells taken from new-born babies with mother's milk. They observed
that the disorder caused by the bacterium Pneumococcus
and known as pneumonia was efficiently halted by mother's milk.
What is more, babies fed on mother's milk encounter far fewer hearing
difficulties than those fed on formula and suffer far fewer respiratory
infections. After a series of studies, it was shown that mother's
milk also provides protection against cancer. After showing that
the incidence of the lymph cancer observed in childhood was nine
times greater in formula-fed children, they realised that the same
results applied to other forms of cancer. According to the results,
mother's milk accurately locates the cancer cells and later destroys
them. It is a substance called alpha-lac (alphalactalbumin), present
in large quantities in mother's milk, that locates and kills the
cancer cells. Alpha-lac is produced by a protein that assists in
the manufacture of the sugar lactose in the milk.103
This Matchless Blessing Is a Gift from Allah
Another miraculous feature of mother's milk is
the fact that it is exceedingly beneficial for the baby to be fed
with it for two years.104
This important information, only recently discovered by science,
was revealed by Allah fourteen centuries ago in the verse: "Mothers
should nurse their children for two full years-those who wish to
complete the full term of nursing
" (Qur'an, 2:233)
In the same way that the mother does not decide to produce milk,
the most ideal source of nourishment for the helpless baby in need
of feeding in her body, neither does she decide on the various nutritional
levels within it. It is Almighty Allah, Who knows the needs of and
displays mercy to every living thing, Who creates mother's milk
for the baby in the mother's body.
Newborn—The Benefits of Mother’s Own Milk,” University
of Utah Health Sciences Center, www.uuhsc.utah.edu/healthinfo/pediatric/Hrnewborn/bhrnb.htm.
97. C. Billeaud, et al., European Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
1997, vol. 51, 520-526.
98. "Breast milk 'does cut heart risk'," 1 March 2004,
99. "Breast milk helps reduce obesity," 2 May 2004, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3673149.stm.
101. Tim Whitmire, “IQ Gain from Breastfeeding,” http://abcnews.go.com/sections/living/DailyNews/breastfeeding990923.html.
102. “Breakthrough in Cancer Research,” www.mediconvalley.com/news/Article.asp?NewsID=635.
103. Peter Radetsky, "Human Breast Milk Kills Cancer Cells,"
Discover 20, No. 06, June 1999.
104. Rex D. Russell, “Design in Infant Nutrition,” www.icr.org/pubs/imp/imp-259.htm.