Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Acta Paediatr. 2005 Nov;94(11):1532-4.

LC-PUFA content in human milk: is it always optimal?

Author information

1
Department of Paediatrics, University of Milan, San Paolo Hospital, Milan, Italy. carlo.agostoni@unimi.it

Abstract

The content of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs) in human milk has been connected with infant growth and developmental indices. The LC-PUFA content of human milk usually reflects the dietary habits of mothers, so questions have been raised regarding the possibility of enriching maternal diet with LC-PUFAs during lactation (or even before) in order to improve infant outcome. Nevertheless, environmental and genetic factors have independent roles in affecting both maternal milk composition and infant development.

CONCLUSION:

Diet-related differences in the LC-PUFA composition of human milk are under active investigation for their possible contribution to infant development, but environment- and gene-related differences in both human milk composition and maternal diet should be considered in evaluating the adaptive mechanisms of infants and the effects of specific LC-PUFA dietary supplementations.

PMID:
16303689
DOI:
10.1080/08035250500375491
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Wiley
    Loading ...
    Support Center