Early nutrition and immune health: When it begins

Editor(s): Prof. Valerie Verhasselt, Prof. Yvan Vandenplas.

The neonatal immune system has its specific modus operandi, which differs much from the adult one. In this symposium Prof. Valerie Verhasselt will cover how breastfeeding fulfils the early life requirements and guides immune trajectories for the infant ensuring long-term immune health. Prof. Yvan Vandenplas will review the basic science of HMOs and their effect beyond microbiota, presenting available clinical evidence.