subject: breast milk

Hidden Farmyard Sugars

Hidden Farmyard Sugars

In recent years, lactation science has paid great attention to the 200-odd medium-sized sugar molecules found in human breast milk. This is because these oligosaccharides, the sugars in the milk, (as the sugars are formally termed) have important roles in promoting infant health. These roles hinge on their structure, but until now, it was always understood that the oligosaccharides of domestic animals were rather dull by comparison to those found in human breast milk. However, a recent survey of the milk of cows, sheep, pigs, horses, goats, and dromedary camels has uncovered hitherto unknown diversity. Read More...

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...

Meet our Elite and Premier Sponsors