Comfort and easy digestion

Comfort and easy digestion

Comfort and easy digestion

Tailoring proteins for comfort early life nutrition
Formula-fed infants seem to often experience gastrointestinal problems, such as colic, constipation and regurgitation, leading to general discomfort, poor sleep and long crying intervals1. It has been suggested that this may be due to the higher protein content of infant formula compared to human milk2. For the immature gastrointestinal system, a higher protein content may be hard to digest3.

Several studies 3-10 have addressed this challenge, and it was found that, by altering the amount and type of proteins in infant formula, challenges leading to gastrointestinal problems1 were reduced.

At Arla Foods Ingredients, we can offer several protein solutions targeting comfort early life nutrition formulations.

Alpha-lactalbumin
An easily digestible protein4 with an excellent amino acid composition5, alpha-lactalbumin can be used for lowering the protein levels in early life nutrition products. Several clinical studies found that infant formulas enriched with alpha-lactalbumin reduced feeding-related gastrointestinal events to a level similar to that of breast-fed infants3,6. Alpha-lactalbumin was also found to increase formula acceptability and tolerance overall7.

Hydrolysed proteins 
Hydrolysed proteins are produced by a process, where intact proteins are pre-digested by enzymes. Studies found that the use of hydrolysed proteins in infant formulas reduced regurgitation, crying and feeding intolerance – especially in colicky or fussy infants8-10.

Comfort early life nutrition

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Learn more about how to optimize comfort early life nutrition with alpha-lactalbumin and milk protein hydrolysates.

References:
1. Vandenplas et al. 2015. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 61; 531-537
2. Alexy et al. 1999. Ann Nutr 43; 14-22
3. Davis et al. 2008. Eur J Clin Nutr. 62 ; 1294-1301
4. Boirie et al. 1997. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 94; 14930-14935
5. Lönnerdal & Lien 2003. Nutr Rev. 61; 295-305
6. Dupont et al. 2010. Eur J Clin Nutr. 64 ; 765-767
7. Lien et al. 2004. J Pediatr Gastr Nutr. 38; 170-176
8. Hall et al. 2012. J Pdiatr Child Health. 48; 128-137
9. Salvatore et al. 2018. Acta Pediatr. 107; 1512-1520
10. Vandenplas et al. 2014. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 58; 549-552

Arla Foods Ingredients supports the WHO recommendation for exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant’s life and continued breastfeeding up to the age of two or beyond in combination with nutritionally appropriate complementary foods.

Arla Foods Ingredients supports the WHO recommendation for exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant’s life and continued breastfeeding up to the age of two or beyond in combination with nutritionally appropriate complementary foods.

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