Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

 Lipids in human milk
 
Fat is the main energy providing component in human milk and comprising a complex mixture of different lipid species, with quantitative dominance of triglycerides. After elucidating the fatty acid composition, more recent research has looked at influencing factors and the importance of specific lipids. Here we review quantitative aspects of maternal metabolism which contribute to the milk fatty acid composition, especially considering essential fatty acids and their long chain polyunsaturated derivatives.