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Mothers Transfer Good Bacteria From Gut to Babies Via Breast Milk

STUDY: Swiss researchers at Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health, ETH-Zurich, Switzerland state that good bacteria from the mother’s gut reach the babies’ digestive systems via breast milk. This study confirms that breast milk is best when it comes to early establishment of gut and immune health. This study helps in understanding how babies acquire a great number of good bacteria.


A healthy community of bacteria in the gut of both mother and baby is really important for baby’s gut health and immune system development. The researchers discovered the exact strains of Bifidobacterium breve and several types of Clostridium bacteria, in the breast milk and maternal and/or neonatal feces. The researchers say the strains present in the breast milk help in setting nutritional balance in the baby’s gut and help in preventing intestinal disorder.

TAKEAWAY: If you have a baby, try Breast feeding till year 1 at least.

Source: Journal Environmental Microbiology

Author: TxNaturalPediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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