Human milk is the best source of nourishment for infants worldwide. Breastfeeding has numerous known benefits for infants and mothers, both short- and long-term. Our research strives to further investigate and support breastfeeding and to consider human milk as our inspiration to innovate.
Human milk contains valuable nutrients and components with health effects beyond nutrition. This is illustrated by the favourable nutritional value, absorption and metabolism, development of the gut and influence on the immune system.
There is a wide variability amongst samples of human milk including compositional changes across lactation and within a single breastfeeding session. Our ambition is to understand this variation and the consequences for the breastfed infant. While we need more data to gain an understanding into regional variability between mothers, we know that it is influenced by the maternal diet and health, the physical and social environment, and genetics. This science is crucial for global public health issues, and it can help us to deliver inspiring innovations for optimising infant and maternal nutrition.
OVER FORTY YEARS OF EXPERTISE
We have been studying human milk for over forty years, and the human milk research group has built extensive scientific expertise on the benefits. We apply a high-end analytical and physiological infrastructure, together with renowned scientific experts. In addition, we share our expertise with health care professionals to support them in the education of infant and maternal nutrition.
We want to deepen our scientific understanding of factors influencing and being influenced by breastfeeding and human milk. Our track record includes major insights into human milk proteins, human milk oligosaccharides/prebiotics, beneficial bacteria, micronutrients and more recently the role of the complex fat architecture of human milk. This science aims to target global public health issues, to unravel the benefits of human milk, and to encourage breastfeeding.
FASCINATING BREASTFEEDING FACTS
Breastfeeding has key health benefits for infants, both short- and long-term, and can have positive health consequences for mothers. Click here to read more fascinating facts in our infographic.