Scientists have discovered that important ‘good’ bacteria arrive in babies’ digestive systems from their mother’s gut via breast milk. While this information confirms that when it comes to boosting the baby’s immune system, breast milk is alway the best, there is a need for a better understanding of how these babies acquire some good bacteria, to also help in developing a formula that could be the closest alternative to breast milk. The study attempted towards this discovery was published in Environmental Microbiology, which is a journal of the Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM), and was led by Professor Christophe Lacroix at the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health, ETH-Zurich, Switzerland. Future research will hopefully complete the picture of how bacteria are transferred from mother to neonate. With a more thorough knowledge, we can decide which bacterial species will be most important as probiotics in formula. But until then, for neonates at least, the old adage is true, breast is best.
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