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Why I don’t drink milk. ( The Milk Theory) (contd… part - 7)

Why I don’t  drink milk. ( The Milk Theory) (contd… part - 7)
By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 7/28/2019 5:06:54 AM IST

 Milk is meant to be a temporary and transitional food only.

A mammal baby depends on its mother’s milk for survival and growth right from the moment of birth till it is weaned. However, during the short weaning process, the baby will be gradually introduced to normal food, while still suckling mother’s milk. And by the time it is weaned, the baby is fully prepared to digest its normal food, which may be either meat or plants. The milk manufacturing process, started right from initial stages of conception, is then shut down, and the mother stops producing milk altogether. 

So, there is no question of any mammal’s diet being supplemented by milk after the weaning is done. As stated earlier, the digestive system of the baby also undergoes great transformation, as it stops producing ‘lactase’ enzyme, needed for digestion of lactose in milk. Accordingly, it can no longer digest milk as before.

It would also be good to remind ourselves that in the case of birds and reptiles, the mother does not produce milk at all. Therefore, they do not need milk or any transitional food even during their infancy, and they also don’t have this transitional period also. 

The young infant’s digestive system is designed in such a way that it can directly handle adult’s food from the day it is born. 

For example, both lion and eagle are created by nature to be meat eaters, or carnivore. But the lioness, being a mammal, has milk; and therefore, in the initial stages of infancy, her cub’s digestive system is designed to digest milk only, and not meat, till the weaning process starts. And after the weaning process is completed, the cub will give up milk completely, and eat meat only. However, in the case of the eagle, the mother has no milk; and hence, the chick’s digestive system will be designed in such a way that it will be able to eat and digest raw meat right from the beginning. Here, there is no transitional period, and no transitional food either. 

I think this makes it very clear that milk is provided by nature to mammals as a transitional food only. It is not meant to be permanent food, nor food supplement for adults. It may also be useful to remember that in the case of most insects, the food of the infant (caterpillars/larvae) is completely different from that of the adult insect. 

The adult insect can no more eat or digest the food it used to eat during its infancy. This is because there is a complete transformation in its alimentary and digestive systems. This will proof the point that not only in the case of mammals, even in the case of insects, the infant’s food is designed to be quite different from that of the adult.

How is milk  manufactured in a mother’s body? 

 And who programmes and regulates it?

Scientists say that milk is very similar to blood in the way it is manufactured by the body. In fact, many doctors call it 'white blood'. Both are produced by the body from the body cells strictly as per the requirement of the body; and this process is regulated by hormones through some in-built programme or mechanism, installed in the body as part of the original creation plan. 

For example, if a man donates his blood, his body will quickly manufacture fresh blood as replacement; while the manufacturing of fresh milk in a lactating mother's body also depends on how frequently she breast feeds her child. In other words, their manufacturing is need based.

However, milk is manufactured only by the female body, and as per the need of her baby. This process kicks off right from the commencement of conception in a female womb. 

Almost the entire female body is involved in this process, and the female hormone acts as the main messenger to the other organs and cells! 

This process is also carefully regulated according to the growth and development of the foetus, so that, when the baby finally arrives, everything will be in readiness, including the breasts and the nipples, for effective delivery of the milk to the baby. 

If, for any reason, the pregnancy is terminated midway due to the death of the foetus, or due to forced abortion, the messenger will immediately convey this development to all the cells and organs connected with the manufacture of milk. 

They will immediately stop the on-going process of milk manufacture. In other words, they will completely shut down the milk manufacturing plant in the body. Even after the baby is born, if, at any time during the breast feeding period, the baby dies, or is taken away, and the breast feeding is discontinued, the production of milk will also stop by itself within a few days.

Further, another surprising phenomenon is that even if a mother eats the best of foods, they would not be converted into milk unless there is an unborn baby in the womb, or a suckling infant. On the other hand, even if the mother has no nutritious food to eat, the body will somehow manage to find the required materials to manufacture milk when such need arises. 

So, the process of milk manufacturing by a female body is programmed by nature/the Creator through inbuilt mechanism in the body. 

(This inbuilt programme in the body, although much more complicated, is somewhat comparable to modern day computer chips or cell phone SIM cards etc.) This whole process, in which the mother has no say, is a clear indication that milk is manufactured by the female body only for her baby, and not for anyone else. 

I also found that the production of milk by the mother is very similar to crop production and harvesting in a jhum/field. Milk production commences with conception (through sex), and concludes with weaning of the baby. Similarly, a crop production cycle commences with the sowing of seeds, and closes with the harvest of crops. 

The milk produced by the mother during one cycle is meant only for the baby born during that cycle; and once the baby is weaned, the production of milk is also completely stopped. Until the next conception takes place, the process of milk production cannot be revived. 

In the same way, after crop harvest is done, another crop harvest cannot be expected without fresh sowing of seeds in the field. This clearly shows that milk produced by the mother during a particular cycle is meant only for the baby born of that cycle.

Another interesting phenomenon is that until the baby is weaned, the next conception normally does not take place; in the same way as harvesting of crops has to be completed before fresh seeds are sown for the next crop cycle. 

This also explains why mothers who breast feed their babies for longer period will have longer spacing between conceptions. 

If we look at the ‘pride of lions’, we will observe a very strange behaviour of the lions when they take over a pride of lions. If there are any cubs not fathered by them that are still suckling their mothers’ milk, the new lion masters will immediately kill them. 

This is because lions know by instinct that the lionesses cannot come to heat so long as the cubs suckle their milk. Soon after the cubs are killed and milk feeding is discontinued, the milk manufacturing process in the mothers’ body will also be shut down. Only after that, the lionesses will be biologically ready to conceive again, and produce a new litter of cubs. It is only then that they come to heat, and become ready to mate with the new masters of the pride. 

Surprisingly, this reproductive biology is also understood by the lions through their instinct. (The wonderful similarities and linkages between milk feeding and sex are separately discussed in Chapter-17). 

This is one clear indication that the milk production in a mother’s body works in cycles, (just like a crop cycle) and milk produced during one cycle is meant only for the baby/litter of that cycle. 

Therefore, there is no question of the milk being shared by even the elder siblings of the same mother; nor is there sufficient supply of milk for that to happen!

By Lalthara, IAS (Rtd), former Chief Secretary, Nagaland.


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