What are LCPs?
LCPs — long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids — are important components of breastmilk and essential in the development of your baby’s brain and vision.
Our company has been researching the constituents of breast milk and their complex interaction for more than 40 years. Over the years, the largest breast milk research group in Germany, which recently moved into a large research center in Utrecht together with its parent company Danone Nutricia, have repeatedly succeeded in making new discoveries with the same goal: to replicate the mode of action of breast milk in important areas. LCP Milupan® was the result of such a discovery: the enrichment of infant formula with long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids was a pioneering feat.
In the 1990s, we were the first manufacturer worldwide to develop a blend of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPs) for our infant formula — LCP Milupan®. These are important constituents of breastmilk and play an important role in the development of your baby’s brain, nervous system and vision. Children who have an adequate supply of LCPs have better cognitive abilities in later life and can process visual stimuli better.
This was documented by numerous scientific studies and research projects in recent years.
By eating fatty saltwater fish such as mackerel or herring, you can positively influence your baby’s brain development during your pregnancy.
But the polyunsaturated fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) contained therein is also important in the first months of your baby’s life after birth. Here you’re helping to lay the foundation for the maturation of his brain and vision, as especially high concentrations of LCPs are found in the cell membranes of the brain, spinal cord and retina.
However, your baby’s body cannot yet produce LCPs in sufficient quantities. Mother Nature found a good solution here: Breast milk has a high LCP content to ensure the healthy development of your child, so that your baby has an optimal supply when you breast-feed him. If you don’t breast-feed or do so only partially, your baby can obtain LCPs inthe right quality and quantity through a high-quality infant formula. Today, this precious constituent, so valuable in the first 1,000 days of your baby’s life, is available in every high-quality infant formula. Milupa was a pioneer in this area with its development of LCP Milupan®.