Check out the latest post from Lisa Lederer, CNM, IBLCE about the amazing new research about the link between breastfeeding and the infant’s gut health. Here’s a snippet from her post:
There has been much research into the complexities of human milk but Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMO’s) have really come to the forefront of interest these days because of what we are starting to understand about the human gut and our overall health. The New Yorker published an article this month about the amazing HMO. These oligosaccharides feed only one bacterium Bifidobacterium longum infantis (B. Infantis). This is generally the dominant bacteria of vaginally-delivered, breastfed infants.
Being vaginally-born and breastfed is the biological norm so we can assume that b. Infantis is also the perfect bacteria for the newborn gut. Over time, hundreds of species of bacteria will live in the human GI tract but science is becoming more and more aware of the significance of the types of bacteria that colonize the bowel.