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Human breast milk is truly a wonder of nature, providing babies with all the nutrients they need to grow and develop. It’s a unique and special food that no other food or drink can provide. It’s full of vitamins, minerals, and antibodies that help protect babies from illnesses.
Breastmilk also helps to promote healthy brain development and is known to reduce the risk of obesity, asthma, and allergies. For mums, breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
The benefits of breastmilk certainly don’t stop there. Although we now know so many incredible things about its composition, it is such a complex substance and there is still a great deal to learn.
One fascinating component that’s been identified that you may not be aware of – in fact, the third largest solid component, following lactose and fats – is Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOs). Here, we break down just what HMOs are, and how they can benefit your baby.
HMOs are a type of carbohydrate found in human milk that can provide numerous health benefits. Most significantly, they are thought to play an important role in the development of a baby’s immune system and digestive function, and they also help to provide protection against infection and allergies.
When your baby consumes breastmilk and the HMOs reach their large intestine, they are not digested or absorbed in their gastrointestinal tract, and they are not broken down by enzymes in the gut.
Instead, HMOs are considered prebiotics, which means they are used as food for the beneficial gut bacteria. They are fermented in the gut and the end-product (otherwise known as ‘metabolites’) of this fermentation process provides health benefits in the form of improved digestion, better absorption of nutrients, and increased protection from pathogens.
In other words, HMOs can protect your little one from getting sick and improve their general health and wellbeing.
The great news is that through scientific innovation, structurally identical HMOs to those found in breastmilk can now be created in the form of a supplement for children. This innovative ingredient brings us scientifically closer to providing key components of breastmilk to Australian toddlers and children long after they have finished breastfeeding.
A supplement that contains HMOs along with a vitamin like Vitamin D could provide children with the nutrients necessary to support healthy immune system function, helping them to fend off illnesses. It could be especially helpful for children who have difficulty maintaining a healthy diet, or who go to daycare and are exposed to endless viruses.
Additionally, an immune defence supplement could help to reduce the amount of time a child spends sick, allowing them to get back to their normal activities more quickly.