• Gary Moller

Nutrition for Healthy Breast Milk

Here is the latest addition to our family, grandchild, Baby Gordon. Of course, he is going to be the most healthy child on the planet! Here is why...

Gary holding Baby Gordon

I used to milk cows to fund my way through university. Hard work, long hours. The farmer was paid, not by the volume produced, but by the milk solids; in other words, the quality of the milk determined how much the farmer was paid.

Farmers know that the quality of the milk depends on the health of the grass and this is determined by the nutrients in the soil and its structure.

When I was milking, one task was to shift the pink multi-mineral block of 'salt-lick' so that this was always available for the cows to get their trace minerals. When the cows were in milking, the farmer knew that each animal needed extra magnesium in order to prevent 'grass staggers', so they were given this in a drench.

If cows are stressed, their milk production declines that day. A good farmer ensures his cows are relaxed. He may play classical music while milking and even sing to them. I tried to sing, but my singing was too distressing! For my boss, anyway... not sure if the cows minded.

The same ideas apply for a mother nursing her newborn baby: the quality of her milk is determined by what she eats and how relaxed she is, or isn't.

You are what you eat - and so is your breast milk

Here are two samples of breast milk produced by Mary-Ann, Baby Gordon's loving and nurturing mother.

The upper sample (13 August) is of her milk PRIOR to her making di