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Breastmilk Ecology: Genesis of Infant Nutrition (BEGIN)

The Academy and NICHD co-authored a series of articles published in a supplement in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

A deeper understanding of the biology of human milk is essential to addressing ongoing and emerging questions about infant feeding practices. Human milk is a complex biological system, a matrix of many interacting parts that is more than the sum of those parts, and human milk production needs to be studied as an ecology that consists of inputs from the lactating parent, their breastfed baby and their respective environments.

The “Breastmilk Ecology: Genesis of Infant Nutrition (BEGIN)” Project was designed to examine this ecology...

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