I do love a review paper that illustrates and summarises the power and beauty of human breast milk!

A new review paper from the University of Western Australia looks at the complex components of breast milk including the diverse range of nutrients, immune protection factors, hormones, microbes and metabolites.

A strong point made in the review is the extent to which human milk is personalised to each particular mother-baby dyad.

According to the paper by Perrella, S et al., (2021), many components of human milk remain stable over the course of lactation, and are similar between women.

But many other components vary over time and change in response to the mother's health, the baby's health, the mother's diet and geographical location.

As the review paper shows, all these complex components of breast milk work beautifully together to "stimulate and support the infant's immature immune system, while enhancing appropriate development, growth and body composition. "

The take-home message:

Every parent needs to know that breast milk promotes optimal infant growth, development and health. Simple as!

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Science reference:

Perrella, S., Gridneva, Z., Lai, C. T., Stinson, L., George, A., Bilston-John, S., & Geddes, D. (2021). Human milk composition promotes optimal infant growth, development and health. Seminars in Perinatology, [151380]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.semperi.2020.151380

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