We adults can often smell our favorite foods from a distance, especially when we are hungry. We take pride of that ability of ours. But it is time for us to accept that we adults are not only being, who have that ability so smell their fav food. A recent study has proved that babies when hungry can sense their mothers’ breast milk.
According to that study a kind of fluid that comes out from little glands on mothers’ breast drives hungry babies crazy. Once a hungry baby sniffs the fluid he or she finds himself or herself out of control. These glands remain as tiny lumps surrounding the nipple on breast. During pregnancy the number of these glands increases and starts to drip liquid. It is a biological function of these glands to lubricate the skin of breast, more specifically the skin surrounding nipples, by discharging liquid. The new study has found that the formerly stated function is not the only function of these glands. They also help to enhance babies’ appetite.
Newborn babies, who get fed from their mother quickly, put on more weight than babies, who do not receive their mothers’ breast milk. According to the recent study the aroma of the fluid can attract pre – mature tube fed babies to breast feeding and help these babies to learn to drink milk from their mothers’ breast and gradually make them natural to feed from breast.
National Centre for Scientific Research in Dijon has run a survey among 121 mothers in the first three days after they gave birth to their babies. The survey recorded the number of glands on these mothers’ breasts. They found that mothers, who had more than nine glands on each of their breasts, attracted their babies to suckle milk from their breasts than other mothers. They even were able to produce more milk than other mothers who have less than nine glands on per breast.