Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Breast milk contains 700 bacteria

Breast milk is a nutritious food for infants. However, scientists have discovered something that will make you surprised, contained an average of more than 700 species of bacteria in the mother's breast milk.

In the research revealed, 700 species of bacteria are in the colostrum, particularly Weissella, Leuconostoc, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus and Lactococcus bacteria.

But the baby grows up, the bacteria contained in breast milk changes, too. Most dominated by Veillonella, Leptotrichia and Prevotella.

Pregnancy status affects the diversity of bacteria in the breast milk. Like, mom with overweight or who perform Caesarean due to certain conditions, tend to have less bacterial diversity.

Then, Is it still safe baby drinking breast milk?

Research results are published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that bacteria are important in helping to digest the nutrients contained in breast milk to make it more easily digested by the baby's digestive tract. In fact, the diversity of these bacteria help to built the baby's immune system.

"Bacteria in breast milk is important related to the immune system, such as reducing the risk of allergies, asthma and autoimmune diseases," wrote the researchers, reported by Medical Daily

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