How HMOs help make breast the best

Published on October 12, 2020

➡️ How HMOS Help Make Breast Milk the Best 


Breast milk is the best nutrition to lay the foundation for your baby’s development and immunity. Learn how Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOS) play a key role in making breast milk exceptional.

Breast milk is amazingly complex. It is made up of many different nutritional and bioactive compounds that work together to enable the best possible growth, immunity, plus gut and brain development for your baby.

One of those compounds is Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOS). Here, we explore what HMOS are and the role they play as a key part of your growing baby’s nutrition.


➡️What are HMOS?


HMOS are carbohydrate molecules that naturally occur in breast milk. They are the third largest solid component in breast milk, behind lactose and lipids, with every litre of breast milk containing 12–15g of HMOs.

Each HMO has a specific function. In breast milk, more than 200 known HMOS structures work together to enable the development of a healthy immune system through the gut.



➡️ The 4 Key Benefits of HMOS


👉 Prebiotic effect: HMOS can progress through the digestive tract to reach the lower gut undigested. There, they stimulate the growth and activity of beneficial bacteria. A well-balanced gut microbiota is key for a healthy development and immune function.

👉 Direct impact on immune cells: HMOS have been shown to have a direct influence on the immune system, supporting immune cells to respond to foreign substances appropriately.

👉 Support the immune system: HMOS block the path of infection by preventing pathogens from entering and compromising the body.

👉 Building blocks of the brain: the brain’s development appears to be partly influenced by the gut microbiota. Therefore, by promoting a balanced gut microbiota, HMOS contribute towards the healthy development of the brain.

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