What they are and how they can support a baby’s natural immune system.
Breastmilk changes according to a baby’s needs. It varies from mother to mother and day to day. In fact, even during a feed the composition will change to match baby’s requirements.
However, breastmilk doesn’t just contain nutrition, it also has many other special components such as antibodies, a broad range of protective agents, and prebiotic oligosaccharides (OS). These offer many benefits to baby, such as a healthier gut flora and defence against potential infections.
The more research that takes place into breastmilk composition, the more knowledge we accumulate about the functional effects of all its individual elements, nutritional or otherwise. Also, as not all infants are breastfed for the recommended amount of time, it’s important that infant formulas continue to evolve, to try to mimic some of the functional benefits of breastmilk as closely as possible. This way, we hope to achieve some of the positive long term outcomes for those bottlefed as we see for those breastfed.
Innovation in everyday practiceNutritionist and Food Scientist, Jack Huitson, BSc (Hons), answers questions on prebiotic oligosaccharides and keeping up with the latest midwifery research. Q How can I help mothers encourage the growth of ‘friendly’ bacteria?A. The best way is by advising ...Prebiotics. Clearing up the confusionThe public is increasingly hearing about friendly bacteria, and about the terms prebiotics and probiotics. But when parents and parents-to-be ask you about such things, it can be tricky trying to clearly explain the differences between pre and probiotics. ...Advances in infant nutrition: In search of a gut friendly formulaBreastfeeding is the best source of nutrition for babies. Breastfeeding is unanimously recognised as the optimal way to feed infants, with many benefits to mother and baby. As well as containing antibodies that protect against infection it provides baby with ...Benefits of prebiotic oligosaccharidesTrials have consistently demonstrated that the prebiotic oligosaccharides (OS) that have been added to Cow & Gate milks, promote an increase in friendly bacteria (bifidobacteria) similar to breastfed infants. Cow & Gate have, over 10 years, achieved ...How Prebiotic Oligosaccharides could effect the immune system - preclinical dataPrebiotics: Pre-clinical Data on Immune modulating EffectsHuman milk contains a high amount and variety of complex non-digestible oligosaccharides (HMOS). It has been suggested that these oligosaccharides play an important role in the development of the immune ...How Prebiotic Oligosaccharides could effect the infant immune system - clinical dataPrebiotics: Clinical Data on Immune-modulating EffectsThe latest research on the carbohydrate composition of human milk has confirmed that oligosaccharides represent one of its main components. Oligosaccharides reach a concentration of 20 g/l in colostrum ...
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