Breastfeeding is best for babies

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Breastfeeding is best for babies and provides many benefits. It is important that, in preparation for and during breastfeeding, you eat a healthy, balanced diet. Combined breast and bottle feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of your own breast milk, and reversing the decision not to breastfeed is difficult. The social and financial implications of using an infant milk should be considered. Improper use of an infant milk or inappropriate foods or feeding methods may present a health hazard. If you use an infant milk, you should follow manufacturer’s instructions for use carefully – failure to follow the instructions may make your baby ill.

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40 years of breast milk research

40 years breastmilk
40 years breastmilk

Aptamil is committed to exploring and understanding the wonderful and unique properties of breast milk. That’s why our globally renowned scientists have been dedicated to pioneering research for 40 years.

Over 250 talented scientists, including biologists, nutritionists, food technologists, and doctors, work at our state-of-the-art research units – three in Europe and one in Australia – and collaborate closely with laboratories, universities and hospitals worldwide. We’re also advised by an international panel of experts in paediatrics, allergies and immunology. These partnerships allow us to bring the very latest scientific thinking into our research.

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40 years breastmilk
40 years breastmilk

In the late 1970s a ground-breaking research programme was developed to decipher the various components and benefits of breast milk, and their effects on infant growth and healthy development, vastly improving our understanding of the nutritional needs of preterm babies.

40 years breastmilk
40 years breastmilk

The 1980s heralded a decade of extraordinary breakthroughs. 1982 saw the discovery of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPs) in breast milk – nutrients important for brain and visual development. Further key developments in the dietary management of infant food and intolerances followed soon after.

40 years breastmilk
40 years breastmilk
40 years breastmilk
40 years breastmilk

Our researchers detected human milk oligosaccharides (OS) in breast milk for the first time. These non-digestible carbohydrates encourage healthy gut bacteria, and help support the immune system.

40 years breastmilk
40 years breastmilk

40 years after we took our first steps in breast milk research, we continue to lead the way. Our latest research, focusing on the complex structure and composition of breast milk and how this can affect the absorption and digestion of nutrients, is just one exciting area we’re looking forward to exploring further.

Inspired by breast milk, our pioneering research continues

Find out more about the fascinating properties of breast milk.
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Inspired by breast milk, our pioneering research continues

Last reviewed: 10th March 2016

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