Biochemical Characteristics of Human Milk and its Clinical Significance to Health and Disease of Newborns

Farouk L. Al-Salihi


There is no doubt that the superiority of human milk over artificial feeding still remains, and as yet there is no artificial formula which fully mimics human milk.

The purpose of this presentation is to reveal some biochemical characteristics of human milk and link its significance to the well being of the newborn infants. It is important to remember that breast milk varies slightly in its compostion throughout the different stages of lactation and also varies every day with different feedings.


Breast feeding

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