The purpose of this study is to determine the efficiency of uptake of omega-3 fatty acids into breast milk from a specific type of omega-3 supplement.
If you are planning or currently breastfeeding your baby you may be able to help us find out how well omega-3 supplements are processed and transferred into breast milk, for contact details please see attached and below.
Omega-3 fatty acids support both maternal health and infant development. Fish is the major dietary source of omega-3 fatty acids, but fish consumption in Australia is low, and omega-3 supplements are an alternative way to increase omega-3 status. Previous studies have shown that the uptake of omega-3 fatty acids into human blood and breast milk can vary significantly between different types of omega-3 supplements according to the formulation and form in which the fatty acids are provided. In the case of women who are breastfeeding, the uptake of supplements into breast milk depends on both the efficiency of uptake into the maternal circulation, and the transfer of these fatty acids to the breast milk, both of which can vary between individuals. For further information: Omega-3 in Breast Milk