Breastfeeding Plays Key Role in Ensuring Healthy Infant Gut

Share this content:
Breastfeeding Plays Key Role in Ensuring Healthy Infant Gut
Breastfeeding Plays Key Role in Ensuring Healthy Infant Gut

MONDAY, May 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Breastfeeding can seed good bacteria in an infant's digestive system, according to research published online May 8 in JAMA Pediatrics.

Grace Aldrovandi, M.D., a professor of pediatrics and chief of infectious diseases at the University of California, Los Angeles, Mattel Children's Hospital, and colleagues assessed 107 breastfeeding mother-infant pairs.

The investigators found that 27.7 percent of beneficial bacteria in a baby's intestinal tract come directly from the mother's milk, and 10.3 percent comes from areolar skin. The team also found that bacterial diversity and composition changes were associated with daily breast milk intake in a dose-dependent manner, a findings that persisted after introduction of solid foods.

"Our research identifies a new mechanism that contributes to building stronger, healthier babies," Aldrovandi said in a university news release.

Abstract/Full Text

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

Progress Made on Genetic Test for Anal Cancer

Progress Made on Genetic Test for Anal Cancer

But research is still in early stages

Four Separate Events Led to Zika's Introduction Into Florida

Four Separate Events Led to Zika's Introduction Into ...

Virus strains came from the Caribbean and Latin America, researchers say

New Health Care Act Could Result in 23 Million Losing Insurance

New Health Care Act Could Result in 23 ...

While premiums may lower over the long-term, many would face much higher out-of-pocket costs

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »