While breastmilk is as old as human life itself, it leaves us with many unanswered questions. How do mother's genetics and environmental exposures such as diet, stress or exercise impact milk production and composition? How, in turn, do milk components promote infant development and protect babies from disease? How do the effects of breastmilk early in life extend all the way through to adulthood? And how does breastfeeding benefit not only the baby but also the mother? – these are only some of the open questions.

Together with the University of California, San Diego the Foundation established the Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Mother-Milk-Infant Center of Research Excellence, LRF MOMI CORE. It is the Center’s mission under the guidance of its founding Director Lars Bode to unravel the complexity of breastmilk for optimal maternal and infant health by promoting excellence, synergy and innovation in research, clinical practice and education. Its vision is to become one of the cornerstones in a global network of research excellence in breastmilk and human lactation and serve as a model of innovative multidisciplinary research.


“Getting Schooled: Teachers’ Views on School-based Breastfeeding Education in Lebanon” by Moukarzel S, Mamas C, Farhat A, Daly AJ (2019); International Breastfeeding Journal: see publication

“A Case Study on Breastfeeding Education in Lebanon’s Public Medical School: Exploring the Potential Role of Social Networks in Medical Education” by Moukarzel S et al. (2018); Medical Education Online: see publication

“Human Milk Oligosaccharides, Milk Microbiome and Infant Gut Microbiome Modulate Neonatal Rotavirus Infection” by Ramani S et al. (2018); Nature Communications: see publication

“Infants Are Exposed to Human Milk Oligosaccharides Already in utero” by Wise A et al. (2018); Frontiers in Pediatrics: see publication


“014 The Milk Moonshot”, Interview with Lars Bode and Alan Daly, by Jennifer Grayson: see blog