Nearly one-third of beneficial bacteria in baby’s intestinal tract comes directly from mother’s milk

The study found that 30 percent of the beneficial bacteria in a baby’s intestinal tract come directly from mother’s milk, and an additional 10 percent comes from skin on the mother’s breast. What’s more, babies who breast-feed even after they begin eating solid food continue reaping the benefits of a breast milk diet — a growing population of beneficial bacteria associated with better health.

“Breast milk is this amazing liquid that, through millions of years of evolution, has evolved to make babies healthy, particularly their immune systems,” said Dr. Grace Aldrovandi, the study’s senior author and a professor of pediatrics and chief of infectious diseases at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital

“Our research identifies a new mechanism that contributes to building stronger, healthier babies.”

More info: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170508112411.htm

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