Ever fancy mixing things up when it comes to breast milk flavour? The latest research development could be just the ticket…
A supplement that has the ability to change the flavour of breast milk has been created, claim scientists. And not just to any flavour – to chocolate.
The innovative supplement, the brainchild of US scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine, is harmless and has no side affects to date. It’s still a mum’s milk – bursting with goodness for babies – but simply has an additional flavour.
The flavours were described as somewhere between an Oreo biscuit and a Magnum ice cream.
So far, it’s been tested on a group of 2,000 breastfeeding mums and their babies with positive results. Of the group polled, 1,834 of the mums were able to produce chocolate flavoured milk – which was appreciated by their babies. Infants are naturally sweet-toothed and so it’s no surprise that the chocolatey breast milk went down a treat. The flavours were described as somewhere between an Oreo biscuit and a Magnum ice cream.
While only producing a chocolate flavour supplement at the moment, the lead scientist Dr Hilary Joseph is ‘confident that they’ll be able to alter the pill very slightly to ultimately offer all varieties.’ So, your baby may be able to be treated to a banana feed in the morning, followed by a chocolate one in the afternoon and even an in the evening.
The supplement, as it stands, is set to be released in the US later in the year, and the cost has not yet been disclosed.
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