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Breastfeeding & The Infant Microbiome

 Breastfeeding has a positive effect on an infant's microbiome and is another reason to encourage women to consider breastfeeding their babies.  Although the nutritional content of breastmilk can be matched by infant formula, the non-nutritional components, such as immunological factors, are only found in breastmilk. Now it seems that the bacteria found on the skin around the nipple gets transferred into the baby when feeding and this has huge benefits too.

Unfortunately, breastfeeding in public can be 'problematic' and many women dislike doing it.  Although infant formula or expressed breastmilk can be given from a bottle in these situations, women should be encouraged to breastfeed at a time that suits them ( early morning or night time feed) to help promote a healthy microbiome in their baby.

Source: http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/49400/title/Breast-Milk-Contributes-Significantly-to-Babies--Bacteria/

Posted: May 2017

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