This website is intended for UK healthcare professionals only.

Downloadable resources
on the science behind the Similac® Hypoallergenic Formula Range

We’ve developed a number of useful resources to explain the science behind our products

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Understanding HMOs (Part 1)

The first part of a three-part series on HMOs. This two-page review article provides background information on HMO structure, metabolism and function.

By Hayley Kuter, BHSc MRes RD, Medical Science Liaison, Medical & Scientific Affairs, Abbott’s Nutrition Business

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Understanding HMOs (Part 2)

The second article in this series focuses on the beneficial effects of HMOs on the microbiome.

By Hayley Kuter, BHSc MRes RD, Medical Science Liaison, Medical & Scientific Affairs, Abbott’s Nutrition Business

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Understanding HMOs (Part 3)

This final article explores the potential for biosynthesised HMOs and highlights studies which demonstrate their effects.

By Hayley Kuter, BHSc MRes RD, Medical Science Liaison, Medical & Scientific Affairs, Abbott’s Nutrition Business

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What are HMOs?

A brief overview of HMOs and the latest understanding of how they support the developing gut and immune system.

By Rachael H. Buck, PhD Director, Preclinical Research, Volwiler Research Fellow Abbott Nutrition Research and Development

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Where are HMOs found?

A visual summary of the composition of breastmilk, with a focus on HMOs, especially 2’-FL, and the latest science behind its inclusion in infant formulas.

By Rachael H. Buck, PhD Director, Preclinical Research, Volwiler Research Fellow Abbott Nutrition Research and Development

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What is 2'-FL?

A deeper dive into 2’-FL, the most prevalent HMO, and the latest understanding of how it strengthens the developing gut and immune system.

By Rachael H. Buck, PhD Director, Preclinical Research, Volwiler Research Fellow Abbott Nutrition Research and Development

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2’-FL – far more than a prebiotic

A scientific overview of HMOs, with a focus on 2’-FL and how to apply the science to your clinical practice.

By Rachael H. Buck, PhD Director, Preclinical Research, Volwiler Research Fellow Abbott Nutrition Research and Development

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Similac clinical study summary

Details of nine clinical studies that evaluated Alimentum, EleCare and 2’-FL, summarising their objectives, methods, results and conclusions.

By Abbott

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Breastfeeding is best for infants and is recommended for as long as possible during infancy. Alimentum and EleCare are infant formulas for special medical purposes and should only be used under the recommendation or guidance of a healthcare professional.

2’-FL: 2’-fucosyllactose; HMO: human milk oligosaccharide.

References

UK-SIMILAC-2000016 December 2020