Glycans in Breastmilk Protect Newborns
When it comes to breastmilk David Newburg, PhD, is an expert. The Mothers' Milk Bank of New England is proud to have Dr. Newburg on their Board of Directors. I had the honor and delight of talking with Dr. Newburg at the Milk Bank's reception in Newtonville, Massachusetts, on Sunday, May 16.
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As a glygobiologist, Dr. Newburg has identified the critical role of glycans in human milk and how they protect the baby from a host of diseases. Glycans' protective properties are as, if not more, significant than the antibodies in human milk.This knowledge and understanding makes Dr. Newburg zealous for promoting and protecting breastfeeding.
Dr. Newburg's numerous studies on the structure and function of human milk are recognized world wide. He is the editor of the book "Bioactive Components of Human Milk." He is the director of the Program in Glycobiology of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.
Don't get the impression that Dr. Newburg is all nerdy and too brainy to have fun: he is hilarious. He refused an interview unless I answered the following question correctly: "Who won the war?" I was born and raised in the Carolinas-- North meets South. My answer? Y'all won the war (what else could I say? I wanted the interview).
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