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Uncovering the secrets of human breast milk


Today’s Video of the Day from the American Chemical Society features Vanderbilt University chemist Dr. Steven Townsend, who is one of the leading breast milk experts in the world. 

Dr. Townsend is studying human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs), which are complex sugar molecules found in human breast milk.

Human milk oligosaccharides not only promote the development of beneficial gut bacteria in growing babies, but also help stop the development of bad bacteria. 

A mother can produce more than 200 different kinds of oligosaccharides in breast milk, and the formula constantly changes according to the unique needs of her baby. 

Dr. Townsend is working to uncover the specific functions of human milk oligosaccharides in an effort to help baby formula companies improve their products.

Video Credit: American Chemical Society 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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