Infographic: Benefits of Human Milk

Evi Dewhurst / October 2015

NEW infographic resource available!

Human milk is a nutritional dynamo for term and preterm infants. It is composed of nutritive and non-nutritive bioactive factors which combine into a unique resource tailored specifically for human infants. This resource promotes survival and healthy development in a variety of ways.

This month our Medela education team has created an informative infographic to show how amazing human milk properties stack up next to infant formula. The below infographic demonstrates complex and beneficial human milk components which impact a number of physical health outcomes, including intestinal development, tissue growth, metabolism regulation and immune system stimulation.


View it here (click the image to enlarge):

Benefits of Human Milk


Ballard, O. & Morrow, A. (2013). Human Milk Composition: Nutrients and Bioactive Factors. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2013 February; 60(1): 49-74. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2012.10.002.


About the Author

Evi Dewhurst is a Senior Manager, Marketing Communications for Medela, Inc. As a proud mother of two young children, she is passionate about healthcare for youngsters everywhere and has a serious soft spot for babies. She is part of the dedicated team at Medela, who together are committed to designing and manufacturing products to advance human milk healthcare. Have a question? Evi can be reached at