Overview: The Future of Research in Human Milk
In 1987, Drs. Armond Goldman and Cutberto Garza wrote inPediatric Researchthat “although the survival of the species… has been dependent on breast-feeding, there has been comparatively little scientific interest in human lactation and the composition and biological effects of human milk” (Goldman & Garza 1987). They commented, however, that the scientific climate was in the process of changing to an increasing awareness of research in this field. Observations from the numerous chapters of this book indicate that opportunities for research in this field have mushroomed in the years since that report. Excerpts of studies illustrating the diversity of research areas covered by the young, emerging investigators in the field are included in this report.
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