The team analyzed and compared lipid profiles (the lipidome) in human milk with bovine, goat and soy-based infant formula, and bovine and goat milk. The human milk lipidome emerged as distinct.
“Given the significant differences in the lipidome between human milk and formula, it is not surprising that formula-fed infants do not receive the same protections as breastfed infants,” write the study’s authors.
Human milk lipidomics is challenging, they note, and further research is required to fully understand specific lipid functions and how they impact health outcomes.
See their open access findings, just published in Frontiers in Nutrition (Defining the lipid profiles of human milk, infant formula, and animal milk: implications for infant feeding)
This work is supported by the Trainee Expansion Program (TEP) Trainee Bridge Fund grant received by lead author Alexandra George, Post Doctoral Researcher. We and ISRHML are proud sponsors of the TEP program.
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