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The Benefits of Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOs)

5 mins

What are Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMO), and why do they make Human Milk so special?

In this video, Hanne Tytgat from Nestle Research, Institute of Health Science explains the groundbreaking HMOs and their contributions to making breastmilk the optimal nutrition for newborns. Moreover, we will get to better understand gut microbiome and its importance in giving infants the best possible start in life.


We believe that breastfeeding is the ideal nutritional start for babies and we fully support the World Health Organization’s recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life followed by the introduction of adequate nutritious complementary foods along with continued breastfeeding up to two years of age. We also recognise that breastfeeding is not always an option for parents. We recommend that healthcare professionals inform parents about the advantages of breastfeeding. If parents choose not to breastfeed, healthcare professionals should inform parents that such a decision can be difficult to reverse and that the introduction of partial bottle-feeding will reduce the supply of breast milk. Parents should consider the social and financial implications of the use of infant formula. As babies grow at different rates, healthcare professionals should advise on the appropriate time for a baby to begin eating complementary foods. Infant formula and complementary foods should always be prepared, used and stored as instructed on the label in order to avoid risks to a baby’s health. The product should be used only on the advice of independent persons having qualifications in medicine, nutrition, pharmacy, or other professionals responsible for maternal and child care.