This week's #LACTFACT from the Institute for the Advacement of Breastfeeding & Lactation Education (IABLE) features our research on the human milk microbiome: "The bacteria in breastmilk are different for women who exclusively pump vs women who directly breastfeed, possibly influencing the health of the infant." (from Composition and Variation of the Human Milk Microbiota Are Influenced by Maternal and Early-Life Factors, Moossavi et al. Cell Host and Microbe 2019)
Dr. Moossavi and Dr. Azad spoke with The National Post about their new paper in Cell Host & Microbe. The research was also reported by CTV, Insider and CBC’s Quirks & Quarks.
Our latest research was published this week in Cell Host & Microbe. In this study, led by Azad Lab PhD student Shirin Moossavi, we analyzed the milk microbiota of 393 mothers from the CHILD cohort. We found that the milk microbiota is highly variable between different mothers and the composition was associated with maternal factors as well as breastfeeding practices (direct nursing at the breast, or pumping and feeding breast milk from a bottle). Interestingly, we also found that some of the associations were dependent on infant sex.
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