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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:

  1. Immediately postpartum via the microorganisms from the mother
  2. From the environment, will receive the early facultative anaerobes (Enterobacteriaceae and Lactobacillus)
  3. 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
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Neurodevelopmental delays
  • Heart disease
  • Autoimmune disease
  • More…

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Be healthy & happy, Dr. Tijana