SPLASH! milk science update: July 2014 issue

This month’s issue features articles about night-time milking, the effects of dairy foods on cholesterol, the optimal amount of DHA in breast milk, and how milk polyamines affect gut health.

How Much DHA Should Be in Human Milk?

How Much DHA Should Be in Human Milk?

The goal of infant formula is to mimic breast milk composition. When considering milk components that vary widely across and within populations, whose breast milk should be used as the gold standard? For example, the breast milk concentration of DHA, a long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid implicated in brain growth and development, is influenced by DHA in the mother's diet, and diets vary among populations. Read More...

Polyamines Promote a Healthy Gut Microflora

Polyamines Promote a Healthy Gut Microflora

The gastrointestial (GI) tract microbiota—important for establishing nutrient and energy balance, a healthy immune system and other physiological systems—is seeded during neonatal life. Mice fed formula with supplemental polyamines, GI tract bacterial growth factors present in milk, had microbiota that closely resembled that of breast-fed mice. Read More...