700 bug species detected in breast milk

  • IANS, Madrid
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  • Updated: Jan 05, 2013 23:02 IST

Scientists using DNA sequencing have identified more than 700 bug species in breast milk, the main source of nourishment for newborns.

“We are not yet able to determine if these bacteria colonise the mouth of the baby or whether oral bacteria of the breast-fed baby enter the breast milk and thus change its composition,” outline the authors of the Spanish study, according to a statement. 

The heavier the mother, the fewer the bacteria.


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