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What about breast milk?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created February 03, 2011 at 6:20 PM

I read somewhere that hunter gatherers were supposed to breast feed their children until 3 or 4 years of age. But now I see that human milk has casein and lactose. I'm guessing that babies get enough enzyme lactase to digest the lactose, though I don't know how. But what about casein? Isn't that protein supposed to be bad for the gut structure, and is supposed to mimic other proteins and cause autoimmune problems? If so, how come those children that breast fed for so long developed healthy?

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on February 06, 2011
at 07:42 PM

If so, then Paleo adults should have no problem with consuming human breast milk?

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on February 04, 2011
at 02:44 AM

Human casein and bovine casein are different proteins with different amino acid sequences. Not surprisingly, human children are adapted to digest human casein.

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on February 03, 2011
at 10:19 PM

America is land of pioneering breast implants. In our culture, boobs are (sadly) categorized first as something sexy to put on display, second as _optional_ feeding tool which should be put to use only (sigh) in private. One of my biggest pet peeves (saying this as someone who does extended breastfeeding) is when people say things like, "Once they're asking for it, time to wean..." (or variants) A crying hungry newborn is asking for it, a baby-signing 10 month old is asking for it, and a speaking toddler is asking for it; the only difference is how.

8f08fb03fc5c2f44b7d5357e8a3ab1c5

on February 03, 2011
at 07:19 PM

Thanks, I found more at http://paleohacks.com/questions/427/a1-vs-a2-casein#axzz1CvAcLu36

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on February 03, 2011
at 08:48 PM

I am a certified lactation counselor, and America is one of the few countries who isn't okay with breastfeeding until the age of 3,4,or whatever age. In other countries, moms breastfeed their babies until the age of 6. I am not saying that I would do that..b/c I wouldn't..we live in America and our society is completely different than other societies. However, my point is that breast milk is extremely healthy, unlike cow's milk..cow's milk has approximately 3x the protein of breast milk. Our digestive system cannot handle breaking down all that protein, which is why casein is not good for our bodies.

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on February 03, 2011
at 08:33 PM

If your premise leads you to the conclusion that human breast milk is bad for human babies, then it is time to check your premise.

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on February 03, 2011
at 09:49 PM

There is a big difference between the effect of milk on the rapidly growing child and on an adult. Clearly when the milk is not even for the same species the issues are worse. Human breast milk is designed (evolved) for human babies and they are designed (evolved) to very slowly reduce the amount of breast milk they consume until somewhere between the ages of 4 to about 6 they no longer need it or want it. Casein might well be bad for the adult gut, it obviously isn't for the infant. What so many people in our society seem to misunderstand is the length of the weaning process. The infants don't have mainly milk until they are 3 and then suddenly switch or as they do in this society have milk until they are 6 months old and then switch. It is a very gradual process and suckling can be reduced to nothing more than 5 or 10 minutes every day or so - mainly for comfort not food. The milk production becomes very finely matched to demand. I fed both of mine way past 'normal' weaning age, the milk was there when they wanted it but I wasn't producing it when they didn't. I'm not sure why people find the whole idea of breast-feeding toddlers so shocking.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on February 03, 2011
at 10:19 PM

America is land of pioneering breast implants. In our culture, boobs are (sadly) categorized first as something sexy to put on display, second as _optional_ feeding tool which should be put to use only (sigh) in private. One of my biggest pet peeves (saying this as someone who does extended breastfeeding) is when people say things like, "Once they're asking for it, time to wean..." (or variants) A crying hungry newborn is asking for it, a baby-signing 10 month old is asking for it, and a speaking toddler is asking for it; the only difference is how.

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on February 03, 2011
at 06:40 PM

Apparently cow's milk has more casein and less whey than that of humans. Even so, the idea of deconstructing human breast milk to its constituents and picking ones out that babies ought to avoid is utterly ridiculous. No amount of untainted breast milk is going to be bad for a rapidly growing infant.

8f08fb03fc5c2f44b7d5357e8a3ab1c5

on February 03, 2011
at 07:19 PM

Thanks, I found more at http://paleohacks.com/questions/427/a1-vs-a2-casein#axzz1CvAcLu36

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on February 03, 2011
at 06:37 PM

I think it very obvious why those children did so well. Breast feeding is as natural and pure as one gets. Without any alternative back in the day, children would simply die if not breast fed by their mother or another woman in close proximity. I am sure a lot of them breast fed for as long as they could. A renewable food source wouldn't be wasted in effort to take what food was available from hunting or gathering off the plate of another to give to a young child.

I think modern science hinders us at times by allowing us to dissect and over analyze things. It certainly makes things more confusing.

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