Student’s experiment shows the antibacterial properties of breast milk

A first year science student's findings have gone viral... and it's not hard to see why...




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A British university student in the first year of a Biosciences degree has gone viral with her latest research project.

Vicky Greene, a 31-year-old mum, decided to test the antibacterial qualities of breast milk and uploaded a photo of her findings to Facebook – where it was then shared a whopping 23,000 times.

The photo shows petri dishes containing samples of breast milk (the white dots in the middle) and an outer layer of yellowish dots is all bacteria. The clear ring in between shows that the milk has ‘inhibited’ the bacteria.

“So proud… here you have 9 Petri dishes containing the bacteria M. Luteus,” Vicky explained in her post.

“The white spots in the middle are discs soaked in two samples of breast milk. See the clear bit around the discs- that’s where the proteins in the milk have inhibited the bacteria!

“I’m so excited!!! It also worked with E. coli and had a fairly good go at MRSA too….the future is bright, the future is breast milk.”

“Edit (because the post is public now!): I’m a first year Biosciences student and I’m doing this for my microbiology research project.

“The first sample (BmA) is from a mother feeding a 15-month-old and the second (BmB) is from a mother feeding a 3-year-old. I’m also doing colostrum in a couple of weeks.”

Vicky also elaborated further on her initial findings, though not in too much detail as her project is still ongoing, in a chat with The Huffington Post:

“There is much more data but it is only this picture I have shared,” she revealed.

“This picture shows that breast milk can kill off bacteria, but also that the milk antibodies still inhibits bacteria just as effectively the longer you feed.

“I have more proof but that won’t be released until published.”

It’s pretty clear that these findings are fascinating – and it’s quite something seeing with our own eyes what the milk can do.

But it’s also worth noting that, right now, there’s nothing in the post to suggest how Vicky’s control-testing her results – or if she’s control-testing with any other kind of milk, including formula. Now that’s something we’d really like to see! 

That said, we also don’t know if testing the antibacterial properties of breast milk against different strains of bacteria is the only aim of her study.

We can’t wait to read the final report, either way ?

Images: Facebook/Vicky Greene

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