A new proteomics study from UWA identified a staggering 415 individual proteins present in breastmilk, over half of which had not previously been found in human milk. Each and every one with a purpose and each one created by humans for humans! In stark contrast the proteins in formula are designed by cows for calves (or soy/plant based), so not species specific, and they will have been processed in such a way that there will be limited functionality. This new discovery unarguably provides further evidence to support the breast is best campaign.
Commenting on the latest discovery about the diverse and extraordinary nature of breastmilk, Sioned Hilton, Education and Lactation Manager said: “Having worked with breastfeeding mums for more than 20 years I am truly passionate about supporting them to breastfeed. I am always inspired by new research and excited to think of what these findings tell us about the powerful nature of breastmilk.
She continued: “There are many known benefits of breastmilk. Not only is it tailor made for a baby’s individual and changing needs, it is free, always on tap, always sterile and always the right temperature. But, this new finding adds a new dimension to our understanding. Proteins have an important role in growth and development and are the building blocks of cells. Every baby should benefit from all 415 proteins available from their mother’s milk.”
This is a guest post from Medela