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Breast-feeding as 'personalized nutrition'

Wells, JCK; (2018) Breast-feeding as 'personalized nutrition'. European Journal of Clinical Nutritionvolume , 72 (9) pp. 1234-1238. 10.1038/s41430-018-0206-y. Green open access

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Abstract

Health benefits of breast-feeding have been recognised since antiquity [1], and yet with every passing decade, our scientific understanding of breast-feeding as a mode of nutrition seems to accelerate rather than reach a ‘final plateau’. We already have compelling evidence that it matters, yet we also have much to discover about how exactly breast-feeding functions as a biological process, how and why it varies between mother–infant dyads, and what this means for promoting successful breast-feeding to the benefit of mothers and infants. Breast-feeding is arguably the ultimate ‘biosocial’ trait, simultaneously linking complex physiological processes with multiple components of behaviour in both mother and offspring that are amenable to cultural influences [2].

Type: Article
Title: Breast-feeding as 'personalized nutrition'
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1038/s41430-018-0206-y
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1038/s41430-018-0206-y
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Population, Policy and Practice Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10056422
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