Lactation and Milk as a Model for the Future of Precision Health
Lactation and Milk as a Model for the Future of Precision Health is organized by NICUniversity.
Date Released: Aug 11, 2017
Valid Until: This lecture does not expire.
HCPs in the field of Neonatology and other related professions
Darwinian forces have ensured that human milk contains ingredients that will improve the survival of the infant. Milk oligosaccharides, the third most abundant component of human milk, are undigestable by humans. We now understand that they enrich particular bacteria in the infant gut. In the gut ecosystem, whoever eats wins. So, milk feeds the intestinal microbiota and guides its products. Unfortunately, modern medical practices have changed the infant microbiome. Therefore we must establish, restore and maintain a healthy gut microbiome. Good digestion leads to proper cell signaling, resulting in intestinal immunity and neurological development in the gut. Digestion releases bioactive peptides, which may be antimicrobial. The next generation of food ingredients may be enzymes. With more research, we may be able to replace the enzymes lost during human milk pasteurization to better approximate mother’s own milk.
• Review the current understanding of the pathogenesis, prevention and treatment of NEC.
• Establish a transdisciplinary collaboration of stakeholders to accelerate the implementation and standardization of established evidence based practices that can help to reduce the incidence and morbidity of NEC.
• Explore methods for empowering parents/families and supporting their engagement as part of their baby’s care team.
• Serve as a venue for researchers to create new collaborations and lines of investigation, including shared clinical databases and tissue banking.
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