Women know that breast milk is considered best for their baby, but did you know that researchers know very little about breast milk’s composition and how it works?
Truth is, we know more about erectile dysfunction than breast milk!
Why do we need to understand more about breast milk?
If we understand more about breast milk, health care providers can provide better care, researchers can develop better formulas for women who are unable to breastfeed, and lawmakers may create more supportive laws for breastfeeding mothers.
Katie Hinde, a lactation researcher, recently gave a TED Talk explaining what we don’t know about breast milk. In the the talk, she explains how little we know about breast milk and why we need to know more.
Hinde is an associate editor and writer for SPLASH!Milk Science Update as well as an executive council member for the International Society for Research in Human Milk. She has also published many academic articles on the subject, co-authored the book Building Babies, and has a blog titled Mammals Suck… Milk.
Learn more about what we do know about breastfeeding here.