It is quite a revolution. The first cell cultured human milk outside of the breasts from a lab has now been a success. The North Carolina based start up BIOMILQ announced last week that that they have successfully made the world’s first human milk in a lab outside of the breast.
The game changing supplemental feeding breakthrough is as close to breast milk. It contains majority of nutritional complexities of breast milk but lacks antibodies.
BIOMILQ’s Chief Science Officer and co-founder Dr. Leila Strickland said that the nutritional and bioactive composition of the product even without the antibodies are much closer to that of breast milk than to bovine-based infant formula. “Our product will support immune development, microbiome population, intestinal maturation, and brain development in ways that bovine-based infant formula fundamentally cannot,” she said.
“Our core hypothesis has always been that milk is greater than the sum of its parts, which all work together as a dynamic system. Our latest work demonstrates that much of the complexity of milk can be achieved by replicating the intricate relationship between the cells that produce it and the conditions they experience inside the body during lactation,” she said.
BIOMILQ said that they were not creating a handful of components like many players. The company officials said they believed that human milk is a complex biological system. and should be brought to the world as a whole milk product that maintains the integrity of it’s incredible evolutionary origin.
Breast-feeding is recommended for its numerous health and developmental benefits. However, several women may not breast feed for more than six months or a year. Latching issues, sick baby, discomfort or pain, birth complications, lack of support or education, inadequate milk supply and exhaustion may be the reasons. And it is here where BIOMILQ jumped into to make a revolutionary change in breast milk.
Company CEO and co founder Michelle Egger said, “We’re not making breast milk. We’re making BIOMILQ, produced by human mammary cells, rich with the nutritional profile most suitable for supporting human life and absent of the environmental damage created by the dairy industry.”
Stating that they have no intention to replace chest feeding, she said that they were comfortable with the differences between their product and breast milk. “Instead, we intend to offer parents another supplemental feeding option to nourish healthier babies, empower parents through choice, and contribute to a healthier planet,” she said.
Admitting that they were only in the first trimester, BIOMILQ said that they still have several challenges to work through to further optimize the nutritional profile and confirm which additional bio actives, and their benefits, exist in the product.