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Infant microbiota: the breast milk feeding mode counts

Among other factors, the use of a breast pump seems to be less beneficial for the health and development of newborns than breastfeeding, according to a Canadian study focusing on the composition of breast milk microbiota.   Breast milk is not sterile and the flora it hosts contributes to ...
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Is the heart of the fetus under the influence of its own gut microbiota?

An Italian team suggests that gut bacteria of the fetus could promote or hinder, depending on the species, cardiac growth of the future newborn. This is an additional parameter which should be taken into account for a healthy pregnancy.   The hypothesis of a sterile in utero environment w...
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Microbiota of newborns: maternal bacteria have the upper hand

For the first time, researchers analyzed in detail the transmission of microbiomes from mother to newborn baby. Intestinal bacteria from the mother seem to be more prone to durably colonize the newborn’s oral and intestinal microbiotas.   Considering that the microbiome is shaped during t...
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