Optimising human milk nutrition for infant health and development

person Lindsay H. Allen Daniela Hampel
schedule 51 min watch
Topic(s): Growth & Development Nutrition Health & Wellness


The nutrient requirements of young infants are higher per unit body weight than at any other time of life. Those who are exclusively breastfed consume on average about 750 mL/day between 1 and 6 months. In general, the amount of nutrients in the milk of a well-nourished woman is sufficient to support optimal growth and development of her infant. However, some nutrients may not be sufficient especially towards the end of the first six months.