Breast Milk Scientific

Breast Milk Scientific – A FREE online learning event for health professionals. This is the science that parents need to know to inform their infant feeding choices. #breastfeeding #lactation #bfing #parents #health #education #microbiome #Microbirth

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* FREE evidence-based online learning for health professionals

* Explains the key differences between breast milk and infant formula
* Approved for 1 L-CERP (IBLCE) and 1 CPD HOUR (ACM)
* Featuring top university professors and lactation scientists
* Evidence-based and easy-to-understand
* By the makers of the film MICROBIRTH and founders of MICROBIOME COURSES
* Includes mini-course on the science of breast milk
* Access to exclusive short videos
* Participate in the LIVE webinar
* Helps health professionals feel more confident on the science of breast milk
* Explains the difference between HMOs in breast milk and HMOs added to infant formula
* Free access to learning materials for 7 days
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LARS BODE – Professor in Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego

MEGHAN AZAD – Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health.

BRUCE GERMAN – Professor and Food Chemist, Food Science and Technology Director, Foods for Health Institute, University of California Davis

DAVID MILLS – Professor and Peter J Shield’s Endowed Chair in Dairy Food Science, University of California, Davis

JENNIFER SMILOWITZ – Associate Director of the Human Studies Program at the Foods For Health Institute at University of California, Davis

You can make milk and that’s kind of a superpower! It’s amazing knowing what’s in milk. Your body is evolved to be able to produce it for your baby. Once you know how amazing breast milk is, why wouldn’t you want to do that?

When we have children, we want to do everything for them.
Their diet should be the number one focus.

Human milk is a model for the modern chemist.

I don’t think there’s one secret to human health,
but I think oligosaccharides are pretty interesting.

So, imagine our surprise when we find out that the third
most abundant component in milk is undigestible by the baby.
So then the question was, “what are these sugar polymers, that are in such
high abundance in the milk, doing for the baby if the baby doesn’t digest them?”

One of their major functions is to feed the infant gut microbiome.

Mum is passing on specific bacteria to the baby and then
those bacteria are fed by the milk that that mother produces.

And they’re using this structure specific oligosaccharides
to make sure that only this bacteria flourishes. What an idea!

Babies need a correct seeding of the microbiome so that the infant gut
can actually ferment the milk oligosaccharides that mum’s delivering.

It’s really important to have the right microbiome composition
to educate the immune system, to know what is harmful, what is not.

I think nature intended that to happen.
And I think we’ve managed to disrupt that in the world today.

What we’re starting to realise is that if the microbiome doesn’t develop
normally during early life, you can have a misfiring of the immune system,
which results in things like a food allergy where the immune system is reacting to
something that’s actually harmless.

So all of these things appear to be interconnected
in ways that all relate back to the microbiome.

I’m Toni Harman, producer of the film Microbirth
and founder of Microbiome Courses.
I’m excited to introduce Breast Milk Scientific,
a free online learning event for health professionals.
Approved for one L-CERP and one CPD hour,
the event features short videos with seven leading scientists, a mini course
and a live webinar focusing on the differences between
HMOs in breast milk and HMOs in infant formula.

Breast milk is personalised in a way that’s completely fascinating
and could never be replicated by an infant formula.

By adding HMOs, for instance, to formula, it’s closer to human milk
the same way I’m closer to the Moon when I stand on top of this building.

It’s a very personal decision that Mum has to make herself.
And the only thing that we can do is help her make a better informed decision.
And the way we do that is by generating solid,
evidence-based data that shows how beneficial human milk is.

We now realise the urgency of the legacy of this science.
It’s causing scientists themselves to rethink how biology works.

Breast feeding is really amazing.
It’s evolved over millions of years for this one purpose.
It’s really better than anything we could design or manufacture.

The health of the human population depends more
than any single factor on breast feeding babies.

I look forward to seeing you at Breast Milk Scientific. It’s completely free to register and you can book your seat now at


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