Stem cells in breastmilk

Breastmilk contains stem cells - taken to a higher level

Ph.D. candidate Foteini Hassiotou

The theory developed in 2007 by scientists at the University of Western Australia (UWA) that breastmilk contains stem cells has been taken to a higher level with the latest discovery by one of the team’s newer members. UWA Ph.D. candidate Foteini Hassiotou has proven that stem cells from breastmilk can now be directed to become other body cell types such as bone, fat, liver and brain cells. Could this finally be the answer to ethically and easily obtaining pluripotent stem cells in a non-invasive manner? And what does this mean with regard to the unique power of breastmilk for the growth and development of babies?

The research will first be presented at Medela’s 7th International Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium.

Read the press release to learn more