Scientists have figured out how breastfeeding mothers can improve the composition of milk
Scientists at the University of Turku have found that a closer connection with nature can change the composition of a woman's breast milk, potentially affecting the baby's health. The study was published in Scientific Reports.
The study, which began at the University of Turku in 2007, involved 800 breastfeeding mothers. Breast milk samples were collected when the babies were three months old. The composition of oligosaccharides was analyzed at the University of California, San Diego.
Scientists found that oligosaccharide diversity was higher in the milk of women living in greener areas. The results did not depend on the level of education, profession, marital status and health of the parents, as well as socio-economic well-being in the area of residence.
The authors believe that their results may indicate that the increase in daily contacts with nature can be beneficial for nursing mothers and their babies.
Oligosaccharides are the most abundant components of breast milk after lactose and fat. The oligosaccharides in breast milk may protect the infant from harmful microbes and reduce the risk of allergies and diseases. It has previously been shown that various factors, including maternal obesity, can alter the composition of oligosaccharides in breast milk.
Prepared by: Sergey Daga