THE INFANT MICROBIOME - MADE EASY!

Easy-to-understand evidence-based courses for health professionals. CE/CPD approved.

Importance of nature and dogs on the microbiome of infants who are formula-fed

I love this article about new research on the importance of natural green space & having a dog for the microbiome of formula-fed infants. The research is from Professor Anita Kozyrskyj (who is featured in our Microbirth Movie and in our Microbiome Courses) and other CHILD Study researchers...

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Can pregnant mothers with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) pass it to their child?

Can pregnant mothers with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) pass it to their child? Here's new animal research (using germ-free mice) that could provide part of the answer. The new study finds that pregnant mothers with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) have altered gut microbiota - and...

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Scientists have found a way to turn fresh donated breastmilk into a powder which can be stored for years

Scientists have developed a way to turn fresh donated breastmilk into powdered form that can be stored for years. According to this ABC article, every newborn should be able to access breastmilk through the newly formed Australian Breast Milk Bank - which will process donated breastmilk to...

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Baby koalas eat their mother's poo - a great way to transfer the mother koala's gut bacteria to the joey

My favourite thing I have learned this week - that baby koalas eat their mother's poo. Why? Yes, you've guessed it, it's a fantastic way to transfer the mum's gut bacteria to the baby. Here's a great video and description of this process from PBS (and a very cute video of koalas!) Video:...

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Take the fun quiz! How much do you know about the infant microbiome?

I've created a new version of our fun quiz - to test your knowledge of the infant microbiome. With each question, you are told instantly if your answer is right or wrong, plus an explanation (and scientific references) of each correct answer - so you can learn from the quiz!! If you...

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Map of different types of microbes in and on your body

If you are a microbiome-geek like me, you might love this! It's a round-up summary of the type of microbes found in different places on and in the human body. The article details which types of microbes are found in the gut, mouth, vagina and uterus, penis, skin, eyes, and...

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New research connecting breast milk and the gut microbiome - mums share specific bacteria with their own babies!

Important new research from Dr Meghan Azad and Dr Lars Bode (who are both featured in our Breast Milk and the Infant Microbiome course) and other researchers - for the first time “connecting breast milk & gut microbiota in the CHILD cohort" Here's a summary of some of...

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Doors are open again! Our FREE mini-course on the infant microbiome - approved for 1 CPD HOUR & 1 L-CERP!

If you're a health professional, or an educator, and you don't really understand what the infant microbiome is and why it's so important, take our free mini-course! If you haven't taken this free mini- course before, or if you want to take it again, or you want to tell your friends -...

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Research suggests benefits of exercise during pregnancy could be passed to a baby in breast milk

Really good and easy-to-understand article explaining new research which suggests the benefits of exercise during pregnancy could be passed to the baby in breast milk. It's all to do with the 3rd largest component of breast milk - human milk oligosaccharides! Researchers including...

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Professor Diane Spatz interview: How breastfeeding protects a baby from infectious diseases

Wonderful interview and wise words about the power of breastfeeding especially during the COVID pandemic - from Professor Diane Spatz, a nurse scientist for the lactation program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “It’s a lifesaving medical intervention,” Professor Spatz says. “When...

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