oa Professional Nursing Today - The role of infant formula in development and function of immune system : industry news

Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1607-6672



At birth babies possess an immature but developed and functioning immune system, which is their defence against a world full of microorganisms. Breastmilk the golden standard in infant formulae development is the best source of a number of biological active compounds that supports the infant's immune system during the early months of life. An example of this is the well known secretory Immunoglobulin A IgA, which provides specific protection against certain pathogens. However there are a number of other agents in breastmilk that can affect the immune system and be reproduced in infant formula.

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