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We know, there is nothing better for your baby than your breast milk. But sometimes breastfeeding is just not possible. This is where baby milks come into play. Enriching these formula milks with human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) bring them closer to the role model of mother nature.
They have many scientifically-proven benefits. 
You can already tell by the name – human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) – that these unique building blocks are only found in human breast milk. They do not exist anywhere else in nature in this form.
But, thanks to a complex technique, it has become possible to produce exact replicates of some of the most important HMOs so that they can be added to baby milks. During the last years, HMOs form a huge field of research, with 2FL being the most abundant and researched among them and therefore is approved for the manufacture of baby foods.
Every baby grows day by day and all the while their nutritional needs are changing with them. HMOs have a unique role in babies´ nutrition especially during the first year of life.  However HMOs content in breast milk gradually decreases over time.  Once a baby becomes more active and starts to explore new foods, other nutrients become more important for babies' further development, such as dietary fibres and vitamins. 
Addition of 2FL to infant formula has been widely tested and approved – and has many beneficial effects for your baby. 
2FL supports gut and immune system. It has prebiotic function. 
Scientific research shows that 2FL promotes the beneficial growth of bifidobacteria and lactobacillus bacteria. 
Thanks to 2FL, the intestine can fight off harmful bacteria much better – and thus inhibit infections. 
The new generation of baby milks with HMO are clearly marked on the back of the pack. You can, for example, find HMO or the abbreviation 2FL on the packaging or in the list of ingredients. 2FL stands for 2’-fucosyllactose – the most abundant HMO found in breast milk.
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If you have any questions about breastfeeding or infant and toddler nutrition, our experienced colleagues in parent consultation will be happy to help and advise you.
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