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