The Newborns Maturity

Preterm babies are also colonized by facultatively anaerobic bacteria from the first days of life, and these remained at high levels resembling the full-term formula-fed babies. However, the intestinal colonization of preterm infants differed from that in full-term, breast-fed infants in the high counts of facultatively anaerobic bacteria and late appearance of bifidobacteria and from both groups of full-term infants in the early stable colonization by Bacteroides spp. (54). It is postulated that the composition of intestinal microflora of preterm low birth weight babies contributes to their predisposition to neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis. The gut of extremely low birth weight infants is colonized by a paucity of aerobic and anaerobic bacterial species. Breast feeding and reduction of antibiotic exposure increased the number of these organisms and fecal microbial diversity (55).

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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