Exploration of maternal milk lipid composition and influence on infant growth, development and health

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Abstract

The human milk (HM) lipidome is vast and complex, although the identity, function and importance of HM lipids remain widely uncharacterised. This thesis explores over 300 lipid species using mass spectrometry, many of which have not previously been identified in HM, and all of which display high variation between mother-infant dyads. Intake of many lipid species was significantly related to infant outcomes, highlighting the contribution of lipid species that are not currently the focus of HM research and indicating the importance of measuring infant intake and outcomes to further understand the contribution of HM to infant growth, development and health.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Gay, Melvin, Supervisor
  • Geddes, Donna, Supervisor
  • Trengove, Robert, Supervisor
  • Murray, Kevin, Supervisor
  • Wlodek, Mary, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date16 Dec 2020
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2020

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