The Nest 38: Protein in Infant Feeding - The Process of Understanding

Editor(s): S.K Thakkar, P. Erdmann, F. Destaillats, B. Lönnerdal, E.E. Ziegler. / 38

This issue of the Nest focuses on breast milk properties and benefits. Sagar Thakkar, Peter Erdmann and Frédéric Destaillats explain the dynamic property of breast milk and the trends of breast milk nutrient content through early lactation to mature milk. Bo Lönnerdal talks about the bioactive proteins in breast milk and their beneficial effect on the infant’s health. To conclude Ekhard Ziegler talks about the possible impact of low-protein formulas in helping to manage obesity risk as there is evidence that protein intake in the first years of life may increase adiposity in childhood.


Bioactive Proteins in Breast Milk - Can Their Bioactivities Be Provided from Cow's Milk Proteins?

Author(s): B. Lönnerdal

Breast-fed infants have a lower risk of acute illness, diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease than formulafed infants. Bioactive proteins in breast milk contribute to the health benefits of breast-feeding. Some proteins in cow's milk have structures and functions similar to those of their corresponding breast milk proteins. Dairy technology now allows the enrichment of some of these proteins, and they may be added to infant formulas. Clinical trials are needed to evaluate whether supplementation of infant formulas with such proteins will provide health benefits