123. Feeding and Seeding: Human Milk’s Composition Impact on the Infant Microbiome

Sunday, October 21
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 202 AB
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 141096

This session will not be recorded.

Human milk can solely sustain an infant’s life, but did you know there are more studies on coffee, wine and tomatoes than breast milk? Come hear from two internationally renowned human milk researchers who are trying to change just that. They move beyond human milk’s traditional nutrient composition and dive deep into milk’s complex carbohydrates (oligosaccharides) and microbiome and discuss how these components may be important for infant health and well being.

Planned with the Committee for Lifelong Learning

Learning Objectives:

  • Define what are human milk oligosaccharides (HMO); discuss how and why their profile in milk varies; and explain how they likely impact infant health and gut microbiome composition.
  • Relate recent paradigm shift supporting the contention that human milk is not sterile; discuss factors related to variability in the human milk microbiome and how this might be relevant to maternal and infant health.
  • Apply information presented to dietary recommendation for lactating women and infants.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 4140 – Lactation
  • 2020 – Composition of foods, nutrient analysis
  • 5060 – Neonates

Performance Indicator:

  • 8.1.1 Interprets and applies evidence-based comparative standards for determining nutritional needs.
  • 8.1.4 Demonstrates knowledge of nutrient requirements throughout the life span and their role in health promotion and disease management.
  • 8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends.


  • Rachelle Lessen, MS, RD, IBCLC

    Lactation Consultant

    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

  • Session Speaker(s)

  • Sharon Donovan, PhD, RD

    Professor and Melissa M Noel Endowed Chair

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

  • Michelle McGuire, PhD

    Director of the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences

    University of Idaho