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Human Milk Composition

Hi, Guys

Yes, I do get a lot of questions like this 😉

Well, at the moment I am testing human milk for a project by a local hospital and I must say that I have never seen such a variance in composition compared to the cow and goat’s milk that we test as well.

I think this has a lot to do with cows being much more set in a routine and eating the same diet every day – haha, sorry to you women out there for making these comparisons, but we really get asked these things a lot.

The average composition of macronutrients in human milk is about 1% Protein, 4% Fat and 7% Lactose. If you take different milks you’ll see that the nutrients present are much the same and in most the ratios are also the same between nutrients, but the concentrations differ the most.

Sheep’s milk for example is much more nutritious than cow’s milk and contains about twice the calories.

Kind regards,

Leon the Milkman

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