THE INFANT MICROBIOME - MADE EASY!

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

New review paper: The composition of breast milk promotes optimal infant growth, development and health.

I do love a review paper that illustrates and summarises the power and beauty of human breast milk! A new review paper from the University of Western Australia looks at the complex components of breast milk including the diverse range of nutrients, immune protection factors, hormones,...

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New research: Twin study reveals many species of gut bacteria acquired in early life can remain in the gut for decades

Wow. As a twin myself - I find this research fascinating! A new twin study illustrates why the types of bacteria you acquire at birth and in early life are so important - because they may last a lifetime! The new study by Li et al., (2021) used data from the TwinsUk cohort. The...

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New research: Scientists identify microbial signatures in vaginal microbiome linked with preterm and full-term births

Each year, there are an estimated 15 million spontaneous preterm births (PTB). Preterm birth is the leading cause of death in infants under 5. But no single cause of preterm birth has been previously identified. Bacterial infections are a known risk factor - but what about the role of the...

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New research: Scientists identify components of breast milk that trigger clotting

As you know, breast milk is incredibly complex and contains many bioactive components. Now a new study has identified the components of breast milk that activate the coagulation system. In other words, the components in breast milk that trigger clotting. The components are extracellular...

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New research: Breastpumps at bedsides in NICU can DOUBLE amount of breast milk expressed by mothers

Fascinating findings of a pilot study in a Spanish NICU. Two simple things made a huge difference to the amount of breast milk expressed by mothers of very low-birth weight babies in the NICU. 1. To have more breast pumps available at bedsides in the NICU enabling full-time access to the...

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New research: Oxytocin released in response to breastfeeding causes milk ejection and induces physiological changes

I love this new systematic review on how the hormone oxytocin affects breastfeeding! The research was by Dr Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg and colleagues who looked at 29 papers including 601 women. And it includes a wonderful summary of the complex and beautiful interplay between oxytocin, stress...

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New research: Maternal anxiety during pregnancy could disrupt fetal neural connectivity

New research finds if an expectant mother experiences high levels of anxiety, stress or depression during pregnancy, this could affect brain development of her baby, and could disturb fetal brain function connectivity. This research shows why we need to do all we can to protect and support...

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New research: Incubating donor milk with some of mother's own milk makes it more personalised

As well a complex mixture of bioactive components, human breast milk contains beneficial live microbes which are unique to that mother. But when breast milk is pasteurised so that it can be safely donated to a milk bank or to another mother, this drastically reduces the beneficial live...

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New research: Antibiotics effective AFTER the cord is clamped for babies born by C-section

New research finds that if a baby needs to be born by C-section, that if the mother is given antibiotics AFTER the baby’s umbilical cord is clamped, this does not increase the risk of infection at the site of the cesarean incision. In other words, the study finds that antibiotics given to...

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New research: Probiotics and prebiotics combined may help reduce preterm infant mortality

Interesting new research finds that the combined use of probiotic and prebiotic supplementation may reduce the mortality rate of preterm infants if given in their first few months of life. The study by researchers at Griffith University in Australia was published in Pediatrics, the official...

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