Human Milk: Nutritional Content and Role in Health and Disease


John I. Cole (Editor)

Series: Nutrition and Diet Research Progress


Mother’s milk provides a wide variety of health benefits for infants, which is why breast feeding is highly recommended all over the world. This monograph provides details about the nutritional and bioactive properties of human milk, explaining the significance of this natural source of food. Chapter One describes how lactic acid bacteria present in human milk plays a critical role in establishing an immunocompetent microbiome in newborns, inducing multifarious health-promoting activities required to successfully initiate the life process. Chapter Two describes how the fatty acid profile of breastmilk varies according to the needs of the infant, particularly depending on the gestational age of the newborn, but also as a result of the mother’s diet. Chapter Three summarizes the current literature on the composition of human milk and its life-course functional effects on health outcomes.

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Chapter 1. Impressive Antimicrobial Potential of Human Milk: A Blessing for Nascent Life
(Nivedita Sharma, Bindu Devi and Moksharthi Sharma – Microbiology Research Laboratory, Department of Basic Sciences, Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan, H.P., India, et al.)

Chapter 2. Fatty Acid Supply of Human Milk and Its Possible Health Effects
(Éva Szabó – Department of Biochemistry and Medical Chemistry, University of Pécs, Medical School, Pécs, Hungary)

Chapter 3. Life-Course Health Impacts of the Nutritional Content of Human Milk in Different Steps of Lactation
(Parisa Iravani, Motahar Heidari-Beni and Roya Kelishadi – Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Child Growth and Development Research Center, Research Institute for Primordial Prevention of Non-Communicable Disease, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran, et al.)


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