THE INFANT MICROBIOME - MADE EASY!

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

New research: A mother's diet whilst breastfeeding can shape the HMOs in her breast milk

New research shows that a mother's diet whilst breastfeeding can shape the profile of human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) in her breast milk. As our free mini-course and full-length course explore in detail, HMOs are indigestable sugars that feed the beneficial gut microbes in the baby's gut...

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Research: The skin microbiome contains a diverse microbial ecosystem - seeded at birth!

This is a fascinating new editorially independent supplement published by Nature on the skin microbiome. As the article explains, the skin microbiome is a diverse complex microbial ecosystem. Typically, a person has approximately 1,000 species of bacteria on their skin. And it takes up a...

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New research: Adults who were formula-fed as children have a less diverse microbiome

Fascinating research on the microbiome-gut-brain axis, but with implications for the mental health of adults who were formula-fed as children. New research from University of Oxford finds that specific personality traits could be linked with the diversity of a person's microbiome. The...

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New research: Eating avocado every day can help improve gut health

Recently I asked our brilliant and wise group of health professionals and parents on our Facebook group which was their favourite first food to introduce to a baby. The top answer by far was avocado. Now a new study from the University of Illinois finds that eating avocado every day can...

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New research: Exposure to metals may disrupt a pregnant person's hormones

Disrupting hormones during pregnancy and birth can have such a powerful affect on a woman's and her child's health. Now new research finds exposure to metals such as nickel, arsenic, cobalt and lead may disrupt a woman's hormones during pregnancy - which may affect a child's later...

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New research: Maternal peanut consumption, breastfeeding & early infant peanut consumption could reduce peanut allergies

Fascinating new research shows three factors could be important for reducing peanut allergies in children up to age 5: maternal peanut consumption, breastfeeding and introducing peanuts in the first year. The study looked at the combined impact of these three factors in the development of...

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First evidence of microplastics found in human placentas

This is really worrying and desperately sad. New research finds the first evidence of microplastics present in the human placenta. What are microplastics? Microplastics are tiny particles (ranging from 5 to 10 μm in size) which come from the degradation of plastic objects in the...

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Opinion: Risks vs benefits of 2 types of foetal monitoring - Intermittent and CTG

What is the difference between intermittent foetal monitoring and CTG? An insightful and easy-to-understand article in The Conversation explains about the risks versus benefits of both types of foetal monitoring. The article was written by researchers and professors at Griffith University...

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Research: Antibodies in breast milk are very different from antibodies in human blood

Interesting fact: Antibodies in human breast milk are very different from the antibodies in human blood. I learned so much about antibodies in breast milk from this really good insightful and fascinating article from Utrecht University. The article is based on an interview with Kelly...

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New research: Transmission of SARS-COV-2 is RARE during breastfeeding and rooming-in

One of my biggest concerns amidst the pandemic is the impact of COVID restrictions on a baby's short and long-term health. If a birthing mother infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus is separated from her newborn baby, what might the implications be for a child's long-term health? The first few...

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