For more than a decade most lactation professions have been suggesting to families that diet matters very little in terms off breastmilk composition. We have told parents that they can essentially eat whatever they want, it does not matter to the bottom line. However, new studies imply that in fact, diet does matter in terms of the composition of fatty acids and essential nutrients available in milk that can potentially impact life long health. Studies also show that changes in diet can lead to gene methylation which impacts gene expression, as well changing the oligosaccharide profile which shapes the microbiome. This presentation takes you on a tour of some recent research finds to better understand how maternal diet (potentially prenatally through lactation) DOES play a role in breastmilk and how a parent’s diet can potentially influence a breastfeeding baby’s health.
Identify at least one way that maternal diet can impact fatty acid profile in breastmilk.
List the primary reason changes in oligosaccharide profile in breastmilk can have health consequences in baby.
List at least three nutrient changes in breastmilk that can be influenced through maternal diet.