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Epigenetics and Breastfeeding: The Potential Longterm Impact of Breastmilk

by Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, RLC, BSc, CLE, CCCE
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: .75 CERP, .75 L-CERP
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: No
  • Origin: GOLD Lactation 2014

Recent research on epigentics has led medical professionals to query about how the environment impacts the developing baby both in utero and throughout its lifetime. The genome is the genetic information inherited from one's parents, but the epigenome is what determine how the genome is expressed. This deciphering process is effected by both the internal and external environment of an individual, including nutrition. Researchers are discovering that these epigenetic changes can influence not only one but multiple generations. The first nutrition for a human outside the womb is breastmilk, and thus the epigenetic impact of breastfeeding has long reaching potential. Discover the results of some of the latest research in the field of epigenetics and breastmilk - milksharing/wet nursing, breastmilk and epigenetic influence, and changes in gene expression and gut flora.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Define genome and epigenome
Objective 2: Identify at least one way breastmilk can potentially influence the epigenome of a baby.
Objective 3: Identify two ways that epigenetics can influence gut flora.

Presentations: 28  |  Hours / CE Credits: 22.25  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks