Mutation in zinc transport protein may inhibit successful breastfeeding

15 junio 2015

It has long been known that zinc, an essential trace element, is passed to infants through mother’s breast milk. The levels of zinc in mother’s milk and the effects of zinc deficiency in infants have been previously studied, but the role of zinc in breast development and function in lactating mothers is a relatively new area of research. Now researchers have determined that zinc plays an important role in a woman’s ability to successfully breastfeed her child.