The bacteria in breastmilk is different for women who exclusively pump vs women who directly breastfeed, possibly influencing the health of the infant.
Composition and Variation of the Human Milk Microbiota Are Influenced by Maternal and Early-Life Factors
Cell Host and Microbe 25, 324-335 February 13, 2019
Our latest research was published this week in Cell Host & Microbe. In this study, led by Azad Lab PhD student Shirin Moossavi, we analyzed the milk microbiota of 393 mothers from the CHILD cohort. We found that the milk microbiota is highly variable between different mothers and the composition was associated with maternal factors as well as breastfeeding practices (direct nursing at the breast, or pumping and feeding breast milk from a bottle). We also found that some of the associations were dependent on the infant sex. Read the full article here.
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