Mother’s “Good” Gut Bacteria Carried Through Breast Milk, Benefits Baby

With the influx of research and information showing how breastfeeding is essential for a baby’s growth and well-being, it’s not a surprise to see that U.S. breastfeeding rates have been on a steady climb for the past several years. So, is another study on the benefits of breastfeeding really necessary? Well, yes. The new research comes to us from researchers in Switzerland. Scientists found that healthy bacteria, which is crucial for digestive health and immune function, can actually travel from a mother’s digestive system into her breast milk where it nurtures the digestion and immune activity of her child.

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