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Mother, Baby and the Gut Microbe

How Breast Milk Benefits Babies: A large part of human milk cannot be digested by babies and seems to have a purpose quite different from infant nutrition — that of influencing the composition of the bacteria in the infant’s gut. A subspecies of Bifidobacterium longum thrives on the indigestible component of milk and coats the lining of the infant’s intestine, protecting it from noxious bacteria… Link

 

How Breastfeeding Benefits Mothers’ Health:  Feeding infants with breast milk has been shown to improve baby health and even IQ, but the benefits of breastfeeding also appear to stay with mothers for years to come, lowering risks of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Nursing can start to break down some of the fat that accumulates in women’s bodies during pregnancy. In fact, not breastfeeding after giving birth seems to put women at higher risk for breast and ovarian cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and many other serious health conditions… Link

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Written by maald

October 7, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Posted in Health, Mother Nature

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