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Breastfeeding research improves lives and advances health, but faces conflicts

By Meghan Azad, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health; Canada Research Chair in the Developmental Origins of Chronic Disease, University of Manitoba
Katie Hinde, Associate Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University
Lars Bode, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Mother-Milk-Infant Center of Research Excellence, University of California San Diego
Luisa Zuccolo, Senior Research Fellow, Health Sciences, University of Bristol
Merilee Brockway, Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba
Nathan C. Nickel, Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences; Co-Director MILC; Associate Director, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, University of Manitoba
Rafael Perez-Escamilla, Professor of Public Health, Yale University
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Researchers don't fully understand the composition of breast milk and its benefits. Beyond nutrition, it contains enzymes, hormones and the mother's antibodies — including antibodies for COVID-19.

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