breast milk

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Unqualified, this term refers to human breast milk, secreted by the mammary glands from late pregnancy until the natural or induced termination of lactation. The composition of breast milk changes from watery colostrum with a high carbohydrate content during the perinatal period to denser fluid with a higher content of fat and protein during the postnatal period. Breast milk has several obvious advantages over artificial formula feeds, notably that it is stored naturally at body temperature under sterile conditions, as well as being the naturally correct composition.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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