This week scientists discovered what is considered to be the ‘gold’ in breastmilk.

Alarmins are proteins that in babies prevent dangerous intestinal colonization disorders that can lead to blood poisoning and intestinal inflammation.

This new discovery is particularly interesting for infant formula manufacturers as it could help with research to make more protective baby formula for those mothers who can’t breastfeed, and additionally help adults who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome.

Michelle Dickinson, also known as Nanogirl, is a nanotechnologist and science educator based in New Zealand, she joined Francesca Rudkin on iHeart Radio’s Sunday Sessions program to discuss this breakthrough discovery.

Published by Newstalk ZB on 06 September 2020

Newztalk ZB with Nanogirl Michelle Dickinson, discusses the discovery of alarmins in breastmilk and what benefits this could mean for infant formula.

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About the Infant Nutrition Council 

The Infant Nutrition Council Ltd (INC) is the association for the infant formula industry in Australia and New Zealand. INC plays a key role in ensuring compliance and safety in the industry. All members abide by a Code of Conduct that provides direction on industry issues, including the support of breastfeeding, food regulations and standards, food safety issues, and company representatives’ conduct and activities. INC advocates for optimal nutrition for all infants: breastfeeding first, and, when needed, infant formula as the only suitable alternative.