This New Test Can Measure Nutrients in Breast Milk

This New Test Can Measure Nutrients in Breast Milk

Wondering if you’re meeting your baby’s needs? This could help.

‘Breast is Best’ is something new moms hear a lot. It’s true that breastfeeding your baby offers them nutrition as nature intended, giving infants a mouth full of vitamins and minerals, as well as antibodies to help them fight off any illness around. But is it still the best route if your diet isn’t?

This mystery is about to be solved. The FDA has just approved something called the Miris Human Milk Analyzer, for marketing.

Miris is a new diagnostic test meant to help healthcare professionals measure what’s really in mom’s breast milk. And for families with a high-need baby, such as premature infants and those with other medical conditions, it’s a blessing.

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“Breast milk provides many health benefits to infants, and for many babies it can meet their early nutritional needs,” said Courtney Lias, Ph.D. director of the Division of Chemistry and Toxicology Devices in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “But some infants… may need additional nutrients in order to support their optimal growth,” Lias added.

Mainly used in a hospital setting, the Miris Human Milk Analyzer uses an infrared spectroscopy system to analyze samples. It  provides a quantitative measurement of fat, protein and the total carbohydrate content of breast milk. It can also calculate the total amount of solids and energy content the milk houses.

As a prescription device, it’s not something families will be taking home for use. But maybe that lies in the future.

For more information on the analyzer, click here.

 

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