Breastfeeding can help form good bacteria in babies

A new study from the Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, suggests that breastfeeding can play an important role in providing good gut bacteria to babies. The study found that the bacterium, bifidobacterium, was abundant in breast milk that declined rapidly after breastfeeding stopped. Bifidobacterium is one of the main bacteria used in probiotics, owing to its potential therapeutic properties.

“Targeting the nutrients in breast milk that encourage the growth of healthy bacteria in the infant gut, or providing probiotic containing Bifidobacterium, represent important avenues for future research aimed at restoring the beneficial properties of being breastfed when breast milk is not available,” said Christopher Stewart, researcher at Newcastle University.

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