Breastfeeding and Bacteria

Breastfeeding and Bacteria

A very interesting topic came up recently in regards to the introduction of bacteria in a newborn, which lead us to believe there is a significant misunderstanding of breastfeeding and the microbiome of babies, and the important role bacteria has in developing a healthy immune system.  To give you a brief history and why this topic came up- we had an exclusively breastfeeding two week old baby that was experiencing what mom thought was a lot of gas, crying, and what she read to be, colic like symptoms. Prior to calling her lactation consultant, mom had nearly eliminated all things in her diet. She was down to chicken and a few select vegetables, but still no change.  Even though this particular situation may bring up several topics, it was the original statement made by mom that got us thinking…. “I want to eliminate the possibility of any bacteria getting to my baby”  Here is a brief article from Breastfeeding Today written by Dr. Steven Lin

Dr Steven Lin Photo: Jen Barber & Daisy by Chris Davison The microbial population living in breast milk and the transport of bacteria between mother and child play a crucial role in regulating health. With no more intimate moment…
BREASTFEEDINGTODAY-LLLI.ORG|BY BREASTFEEDING TODAY
By |2017-11-30T17:06:03+00:00September 21st, 2015|

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