Location: Obesity and Metabolism ResearchTitle: Introduction to current knowledge on micronutrients in human milk: adequacy, analysis and need for research Author
Submitted to: Advances in Nutrition
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/14/2017
Publication Date: 5/29/2018
Citation: Allen, L.H., Dror, D.K. 2018. Introduction to current knowledge on micronutrients in human milk: adequacy, analysis and need for research. Advances in Nutrition. 9:275S-277S. https://doi.org/10.1093/advances/nmy018.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/advances/nmy018 Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: This article provides an introduction to a series of six articles to be published as a Supplement to Advances in Nutrition. This introduction starts by stating that although exclusive breast feeding is recommended for the first six months postpartum, there is evidence that lactating women who have poor micronutrient status and/or intakes produce milk with low levels of certain micronutrients. Both maternal micronutrient status and milk micronutrient concentrations have been largely ignored as public health problems, and reasons for this situation are presented. These include uncertainties about how to collect representative milk samples, methods of milk analysis, and the tedious analytical approaches that were used in the past to analyze only one or two micronutrients at a time. An overview of articles in the series is presented, as is the rationale for needing to establish Reference Values for micronutrient concentrations in human milk.