From Dr Keith Scott-Mumby:
“The phrase “Milk of human kindness” entered our language, like so many other phrases, from Shakespeare’s vivid metaphors (in this case, from Macbeth). Larry Churchman has wittily turned this around for the title of his book extolling the virtues of human breast milk (The Kindness of Human Milk, Atopical Publishing, Cambridge, 2017).
It’s an excellent read and nicely presented, design-wise. Larry has sidestepped the usual issues, like the nutritional value of mother’s milk and the psychological bonding between nursing mother and babe. He’s going for the immune system story, often the most ignored aspect of the benefits of human milk and yet, arguably, the most important of all the reasons it is good for us.
The reader is marched gently through a catalogue of diseases that are potentially caused by a disordered immune response. No question that the rise in atopic disease matches exactly the tendency to shy away from breast-feeding. The question is: does this author establish his case that such diseases could be prevented by proper breast-feeding? After all, the rise in atopic diseases also parallels the march of comprehensive vaccination programs.
I think Larry does a marvelous job of pinpointing the dangerous lack of orderly immune response that faces a child who has not been breast-fed. In my own career, as an allergy expert, I was well aware that the untimely introduction of foods like cow’s milk, corn, sugar and egg, is marked by a huge inappropriate rise in immune response to these foods. This becomes a problem in later life.
All an infant should be exposed to in the first few months of life is mother’s kindly milk and the advanced immune agents it contains. Yes, a baby can get it’s nutrients elsewhere. Mother’s hug may be just as reassuring when feeding from a bottle…
The one thing that can come from nowhere else is mother’s protective immunity, via her milk. As I said, Larry Churchman does a very good job of assembling persuasive evidence that “nature knows best”, and in challenging the sometimes-ridiculous orthodox view that “scientifically” prepared formulas can be superior to that which nature provides!
A highly recommended read for any parents-to-be.”
Amazon customer review:
1 March 2018