Component of Human Breast Milk Enhances Cognitive Development in Babies

(Neuroscience News) Maternal factors, such as breast milk, have been shown to affect a baby’s development, and previous animal studies have determined that a carbohydrate, the oligosaccharide 2’FL found in maternal milk, positively influences neurodevelopment. Now, in the first study done in humans, investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in collaboration with the University of California, San Diego, have shown that 2’FL found in breast milk enhances cognitive development. Findings will be published in PLOS ONE on Feb 12.

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Babies Are Made to Drink Breast Milk Only: Expert Explains How Anything but Breast Milk Could Be Toxic to an Infant – Even Giving Them Water Could Be Fatal

(Jhoanna Robinson) According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, infants should ingest only breast milk for the first six months of their lives and continue to do so, coupled with supplemental soft foods and drinks, throughout their first year.

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