The importance of Human Milk Oligosaccharides

Title: The importance of Human Milk Oligosaccharides

Published: June 10, 2019

Human milk is the best source of nutrition for infants*. It provides a complex and diverse matrix of nutritional and bioactive compounds in an optimal balance of nutrients and other components that are specifically tailored to the infant’s needs. Human milk contains a relatively large number of oligosaccharides (Human Milk Oligosaccharides, HMOS). HMOS represent the third largest component of milk solids after lactose and lipids.

More than 200 different oligosaccharides have been identified in human milk and they have an overall “prebiotic” effect.

Click this video aiming to:

  • Learn more about HMOS, 3’-GL and 2’-FL
  • Understand the importance of HMOS on gut and immune health.


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*The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods for two years and beyond.