October 09, 2018
Ethnic differences found in breast milk
Scientists from Plant & Food Research have investigated the differences in breast milk produced by women from the three main ethnic groups in New Zealand.
The findings may help researchers develop a product for breastfeeding mothers that would support their nutrition and therefore their infants’ nutrition through their breast milk.
Team leader Christine Butts says the study funded by infant formula producer Nutricia found that while the amounts of protein, fat, and carbohydrate were similar across all breastfeeding mothers, there were some associations between ethnicities and the concentrations of particular nutrients.
Arachidonic acid, which is beneficial for infants’ brain, neural and eye development, was significantly lower in the breast milk of Maori and Pacific Island mothers than those of their Asian and European counterparts.
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