Feeding Mode

The influence of breast-feeding on the predominance of the Bifidobacterium spp. in the newborn also was studied (51). Specific growth promoting factors for this organism were found in human milk, while other milks, including cow's milk, sheep's milk, and infant formulas, did not promote the growth of this species. Other investigators believe that Bifidobacterium spp. inhibits the growth of E. coli (52) by producing large amounts of acetic acid. Furthermore, because of the small buffering capacity of human milk, the infant gut is maintained at acid levels that inhibit the growth of Bacteroides, Clostridium, and E. coli. It is postulated that these conditions grant the breast-fed infant resistance to gastroenteritis.

The prevalence and counts of C. difficile as well as E. coli are significantly lower in the gut of breast-fed infants than in that of formula-fed infants, whereas the prevalence and counts of Bifidobacterium spp. is similar among both groups (53).

New Mothers Guide to Breast Feeding

New Mothers Guide to Breast Feeding

For many years, scientists have been playing out the ingredients that make breast milk the perfect food for babies. They've discovered to day over 200 close compounds to fight infection, help the immune system mature, aid in digestion, and support brain growth - nature made properties that science simply cannot copy. The important long term benefits of breast feeding include reduced risk of asthma, allergies, obesity, and some forms of childhood cancer. The more that scientists continue to learn, the better breast milk looks.

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