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07 January 2013

Breast milk contains more than 700 bacteria

Spanish researchers have traced the bacterial microbiota map in breast milk, which is the main source of nourishment for newborns.

Spanish researchers have traced the bacterial microbiota map in breast milk, which is the main source of nourishment for newborns. The study has revealed a larger microbial diversity than originally thought: more than 700 species.

Colostrum is the first secretion of the mammary glands after giving birth. In some of the samples taken of this liquid, more than 700 species of these microorganisms were found, which is more than originally expected by experts. The results have been published in the 'American Journal of Clinical Nutrition'.

 
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