Breast Milk Nutrients, Circadian Rhythms Improve Child's Health

by Hannah Joy on  September 21, 2017 at 12:41 PM Child Health News
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Nutrients and hormones present in breast milk show circadian variation and produce circadian stimuli can improve a child's well-being, particularly of those who have been breastfed, reveals a recent study.
Breast Milk Nutrients, Circadian Rhythms Improve Child's Health
Breast Milk Nutrients, Circadian Rhythms Improve Child's Health

The fat content and levels of several key nutrients and hormones in breast milk vary with the mother's circadian rhythm, which may have implications for the timing of breastfeeding and feeding of expressed milk, especially for high-risk infants.

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The breast milk components that demonstrate circadian variation and how this may impact infant health are discussed in an article published in Breastfeeding Medicine, the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers .

Robert D. White, MD, author of the article entitled "Circadian Variation of Breast Milk Components and Implications for Care, " concludes that at least some of the macronutrients, hormones, and micronutrients that show circadian variation produce circadian stimuli that can improve the well-being of breastfed infants.

"The data summarized by Dr. White, if confirmed in future studies, will have major implications for the feeding management of high risk infants," says Arthur I. Eidelman, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Breastfeeding Medicine.



Source: Eurekalert

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