Breastmilk continues to wow us

Leading researchers will reveal their latest findings at the International Breastfeeding Symposium in London this week

This week some of the world’s leading breastfeeding researchers will arrive in the UK to uncover their latest research in front of an audience of doctors and midwives. Now in its 14th year, Medela has created an event that truly celebrates the wonders of breastmilk through its International Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium.

Speaking to some of the most influential experts committed to supporting breastfeeding families worldwide, here are some of their top findings that they believe all breastfeeding mums need to know…

  • When breastmilk passes from mother to baby, a tiny element from the mum’s gut is transferred… making this milk truly one of a kind and personally tailored for each baby.
  • It’s not one ingredient in the milk, it’s the whole combination that changes every day…so breastmilk can never be truly be copied.
  • It has been confirmed that hormones in the milk tell breastfed babies exactly how much fat to lean tissue they need, so breastfed babies start off with the good fat they need and then naturally slim down as they turn into toddlers.
  • Experts continue to discover just how amazing breastmilk is and how it impacts on the development and growth of a baby. Most recently it has been found to contain new probiotics and fungi such as penicillium, as well as other gut protectors.
  • This is a mind blowing one – but remarkably each baby regulates the amount of hormones and nutrients in its own mother’s milk, so as long as babies are healthy, mums can follow their babies’ cues with confidence.
  • Breastmilk is bursting with so many different components that all have an effect on each other. The intricate interactions being uncovered are helping researchers understand breastmilk’s unique ability to protect an infant against allergies.
  • And one we think mums will love; “For the first two weeks, mums must have confidence that their most important job is to eat, sleep and breastfeed – plan on being topless, comfortable and warm with your baby skin-to-skin, and focus on breastfeeding” – not a bad way to start motherhood!

The International Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium is at London’s Hilton on Park Lane 4-5 April.

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