The secret breast milk ingredient we all need
Jul09

The secret breast milk ingredient we all need

You’ve probably never heard of the third most abundant ingredient in breast milk. It’s not found anywhere else in nature, and has no nutritional value because humans don’t digest it. But it may be the key to treating and preventing diseases like asthma, diabetes and obesity. The secret ingredients are called human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) and you are going to start hearing a lot about them. HMOs are complex sugar molecules that...

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Breastfeeding moms can drink responsibly
Nov13

Breastfeeding moms can drink responsibly

As any irrational, sleep-deprived new mother would reason, I imagined that any alcohol I drank while breastfeeding accumulated in my breasts and stayed there like a storage vessel. Images of my drunken baby emerged in my mind’s eye and then I would rush to pump and dump…then feel guilty. But the truth is that your body metabolizes the alcohol in breast milk just as it metabolizes the alcohol in the rest of your body. The alcohol...

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