FFHI Research on Human Milk Featured in Nature Article


The December 2010 issue of Nature highlights the findings of FFHI researcher Dr. Carlito Lebrilla regarding the proliferation of human milk oligosaccharides (HMO) in breast milk. The author quotes Dr. Lebrilla as he describes the significance of over 200 HMOs found in human breast milk, which feeds infant gut bacteria and offers a benefit in fighting certain diseases. Dr. Lebrilla concludes that through breast feeding, a "mother is therefore 'selecting' specific bacteria to grow in the infant's gut by her HMO's."

The article also assesses the nutritional value of breast milk versus infant formula, reports the results of a study which argues that breast-fed children have higher IQs, and examines the relationship between breast milk and childhood obesity. 

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