Breast Milk Research

Nestlé Research: Leading research into breast milk and beyond for over 100 years

Nestlé Research is the world's largest food and nutrition research organisation, with over 5000 people involved in Research & Development (R&D) across our network. Nestlé Research is spread across over 40 sites, including 3 science & research centres, and 31 product technology centres. We have been leading baby nutrition research for over 100 years, and are dedicated to learning more about breast milk . Our breast milk research is primarily run from our Nestlé Research hub in Lausanne, Switzerland, but also takes place in universities, hospitals, and research centres across the globe.

We believe breast milk is the ideal nutrition for babies. This is why we promote the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendation to exclusively breastfeed infants for the first six months of life, followed by the introduction of adequate nutritious complementary foods along with sustained breast-feeding up to two years of age and beyond.

Emerging science continues to drive our understanding of infants’ growth and development. We now know a baby’s very first nutrition can impact its health right into adulthood through ongoing breastfeeding research.

Our Nestlé Research team in Lausanne, of over 600 people, of 50 different nationalities, brings a vast array of  experience and expertise – our team of scientists, doctors, statisticians, engineers and nutritionists use their knowledge, passion and dedication to better understand how the how the body works – from gut to skin to brain – and how the right nutrition, coupled with a healthy lifestyle, can help it work better.

Find out more about our breast milk research and our expert team in the video below.

Glossary

Human Milk Oligosaccharides – complex carbohydrates naturally present in human milk
Oligosaccharides – complex carbohydrates
Lipids - Fat
CSI – Crime Scene Investigation – law enforcement team who is responsible for identifying, collecting, preserving, and packaging physical evidence at the scene of a crime
DHA – Docosahexaenoic acid – an omega-3 fatty acid that is a primary structural component of the human brain, cerebral cortex and retina. It is important for the normal visual development of the infant.