Breastfeeding Feeds Good Bacteria, Finnish Study Suggests

London, Polysaccharides found in breast milk feed

good bacteria that prevent antibiotic-resistant bacteria from growing in

the gastrointestinal tract, according to a recent Finnish study.

Researchers believe that children who are breastfed for 6 months

have fewer antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their gastrointestinal tract.

Researchers from the University of Helsinki analyzed, in the largest

study of its kind, the genes of 16 mothers and their children over eight

months. This included the DNA sequence of a total of 96 samples,

including breast milk and feces of both mothers and infants.

The results of the study, published by Britain’s Daily Mail, showed

that children who were breastfed for at least 6 months have antibiotic-

resistant bacteria in their gastrointestinal tract less than those who are

less breastfed or those who do not.

“The findings suggest that early stop of breastfeeding may have

negative health effects on infants,” the researchers wrote.

Source: Oman News Agency