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What are Milk Oligosaccharides and their benefits?


Scientists have recently cracked the code of one of breast milk’s biggest mysteries. They knew about a main ingredient called Milk Oligosaccharides but were puzzled about its purpose. Until now. Research reveals Milk Oligosaccharides help strengthen your baby’s immune system from the start.

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