Insulin Crucial for Breast Milk Production
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – According to a recent study, during lactation the human mammary gland becomes very sensitive to insulin causing researchers to believe that insulin plays a crucial role in the production of breast milk. The mammary gland’s sensitivity to insulin was discovered by using RNA sequencing on samples of breast milk. Researchers observed a switch during lactation in which insulin receptors aid in the production of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates in breast milk that are necessary to nourish newborns.
“Considering that 20% of women between 20 and 44 are pre-diabetic, it’s conceivable that up to 20% of new mothers in the United States are at risk for low milk supply due to insulin dysregulation,” study author Laurie Nommsen-Rivers, Ph.D., R.D., I.B.C.L.C., a scientist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, was quoted as saying.
For more information, go to http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/news/release/2013/breastfeeding-insulin-07-05-2013/
SOURCE: PLOS ONE, July 2013
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