50 years of breast milk research
A history of progress
Aptamil is committed to exploring and understanding the wonderful and unique properties of breast milk. That’s why our globally renowned scientists have been dedicated to pioneering research for 50 years.
Over 250 talented scientists, including biologists, nutritionists, food technologists and doctors, work at our state-of-the-art research units – three in Europe and one in Australia – and collaborate closely with laboratories, universities and hospitals worldwide. We’re also advised by an international panel of experts in paediatrics, allergy and immunology. These partnerships allow us to bring the very latest scientific thinking into our research.
In the late 1970s a ground-breaking research programme was developed to decipher the various components and benefits of breast milk, and their effects on infant growth and healthy development, vastly improving our understanding of the nutritional needs of preterm babies.
The 1980s heralded a decade of extraordinary breakthroughs. 1982 saw the discovery of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPs) in breast milk – nutrients important for brain and visual development. Further key developments in the dietary management of infant food and intolerances followed soon after.
Our researchers detected human milk oligosaccharides (OS) in breast milk for the first time. These non-digestible carbohydrates encourage healthy gut bacteria, and help support the immune system.
50 years after we took our first steps in breast milk research, we continue to lead the way. Our latest research, focusing on the complex structure and composition of breast milk and how this can affect the absorption and digestion of nutrients, is just one exciting area we’re looking forward to exploring further.
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Questions about feeding and nutrition?
Our nutritionists and feeding advisors are always on hand to talk about feeding your baby. So if you have a question, just get in touch.
Breastfeeding is best for babies and provides many benefits. It is important that, in preparation for and during breastfeeding, you eat a varied, balanced diet. Combined breast and bottle feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of your own breastmilk, and reversing the decision not to breastfeed is difficult. Always consult your healthcare professional for advice about feeding your baby.