Journal article

Can we modulate the breastfed infant gut microbiota through maternal diet?

Azhar S Sindi, Donna T Geddes, Mary E Wlodek, Beverly S Muhlhausler, Matthew S Payne, Lisa F Stinson

FEMS Microbiol Rev | Published : 2021


Initial colonisation of the infant gut is robustly influenced by regular ingestion of human milk, a substance that contains microbes, microbial metabolites, immune proteins, and oligosaccharides. Numerous factors have been identified as potential determinants of the human milk and infant gut microbiota, including maternal diet; however, there is limited data on the influence of maternal diet during lactation on either of these. Here, we review the processes thought to contribute to human milk and infant gut bacterial colonisation and provide a basis for considering the role of maternal dietary patterns during lactation in shaping infant gut microbial composition and function. Although only o..

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