Breast milk feeding practices have an integral role in the composition of the microbiota in the infant digestive system.
The neonatal intestinal microbiota colonization process:
- Immediately postpartum via the microorganisms from the mother
- From the environment, will receive the early facultative anaerobes (Enterobacteriaceae and Lactobacillus)
- Continue to gradually consume the oxygen, permitting the growth of strict anaerobes (Bifidobacterium, Bacteroides, Clostridium, etc.)
Breast-fed microbiota is initially less diverse and diversifies upon the introduction of complementary feeding, after 6 months of age, in comparison to a formula-fed infants.
Formula-fed infants showed a significant increase in the Bacteriodes diversity and species prevalence, which indicates the potential for a high risk of celiac disease. A diverse microflora during formula feeding designates a disruption in the initiation of the mucosal immunologic response, which ultimately cascades into an autoimmune reaction in the gut.
RESULT: An altered immune function will cause a systemic, whole-body inflammation. If an additional component of a negative environmental exposure, such as heavy metals, BPA, chemically-processed foods, vaccines, and more, are added to the equation, the consequence will influence a full progression of an inappropriate process that will lead to DIS-EASE:
- Food sensitivities and/or allergies
- Neurodevelopmental delays
- Heart disease
- Autoimmune disease
Be healthy & happy, Dr. Tijana