Gut-breast axis and child health

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  • 12 Feb. 2021

Scientists have just published fascinating insights about the lifelong health benefits sparked by interactions among the maternal gut, the breast and the infant gut in an open access article in MDPI Nutrients.

In ‘The Gut‒Breast Axis: Programming Health for Life’, researchers from The University of Western Australia and Complutense University of Madrid illustrate how a mother’s gut programs her mammary glands to produce breastmilk tailor-made for her infant’s environment and needs, and provides her infant with nutrients, immune cells and more.

This important, yet often overlooked axis of interactions "has had, and will have, a paramount role in our existence as a species", write the authors.

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