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New research (in preprint): No evidence of infectious SARS-CoV-2 in human breast milk

PRE-PRINT: Reassuring news about the safety of breastfeeding amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. To doubly reassure mothers who want to breastfeed in these worrying times of a global pandemic, a new follow-up paper (IN PRE-PRINT) by Krogstad P et al. confirms that there is no evidence of...

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New review paper: The gut microbiome during pregnancy

If you are like me, you may appreciate this new review paper summarising some of the changes to the gut microbiome that happen during pregnancy. The paper (which is currently in Press*) by Turjeman S et al., (2021) explains that during pregnancy, there are many changes to the mother or...

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Week 15 Digest: Antiviral properties in breast milk and 'watchful attendance' by midwives

This week I asked on our private Microbiome Courses Facebook group "Fill in the gap. The world needs more ______?" How would you answer this question? Within the group, we had a diverse range of brilliant answers, including more love, more compassion, more respect, more joy, more...

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New review paper: The antiviral properties of breast milk

Fascinating new review paper by Sophie Wedekind and Natalie Shenker on a great topic: the antiviral properties of breast milk. This new review paper provides a really good overview of one of the super-powers of human lactation - how human breast milk has evolved to fight viruses. To quote...

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New discussion paper: The importance of 'watchful attendance' by midwives during labour and childbirth

Really interesting discussion paper by Ank de Jong, Hannah Dahlen and Soo Downe making a strong case for 'watchful attendance' by midwives during labour and childbirth. (Professor Hannah Dahlen is featured in our FREE mini-course and also in our Infant Microbiome & Epgienetics full-length...

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New research: The gut microbiome of children mature along similar trajectories - but at different speeds

New research shines a light on how the gut microbiome is established from birth to age 5. A new study published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe found that the gut microbiome of children followed similar trajectories - but at different speeds. The study: Roswall J. et al (March...

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Week 14 Digest: Betaine in breast milk, maternal exercise and the power of skin-to-skin

It's a short week this week (due to the Easter break), so just three new snacks of knowledge for you. Here are the short links: Betaine in breast milk may help improve long-term metabolic health https://bit.ly/39AwsU9 Maternal exercise during pregnancy may reduce diabetes and metabolic...

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New research: BETAINE, a component of breast milk, may help improve long-term metabolic health of babies

I had never heard of this component of breast milk before - BETAINE. A quick google search and I found out betaine is a type of amino acid widely found in animals, plants, whole-grain foods, seafood (especially marine invertebrates) and spinach. And it's in breast milk. New research...

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New research (in mice): Maternal exercise during pregnancy can reduce risk of the baby developing diabetes & metabolic diseases later in life

Fascinating new research on the importance of a pregnant mother exercising during pregnancy. A new study (in lab mice) by Laker RC et al. (2021) suggests that exercise taken by the expectant mother during pregnancy can reduce the chances of the baby developing diabetes and other...

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New research: Keeping mothers and babies TOGETHER after birth could save more than 125,000 lives.‚Äč

New research on the life-saving power of skin-to-skin! Among infants born preterm or at low birthweight, previous research has shown that kangaroo mother care (KMC) reduces infant deaths by as much as 40%, hypothermia by more than 70%, and severe infections by 65%. Kangaroo care is a...

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