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HOW DOES BREASTMILK INFLUENCE COLONISATION OF NEWBORN GUT FLORA, AND HELP BUILD HEALTHY IMMUNE SYSTEMS?

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Breastmilk has a positive influence on a baby’s initial gut bacteria colonisation – important for developing a newborn’s healthy metabolic functions and immune system. However, the specific underlying mechanisms of breastmilk are not yet fully understood, which prompted the research project now underway at the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center at Harvard-affiliated MassGeneral Hospital for Children and supported by the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation.

The project aims to reduce the number of children affected by inflammatory allergic and chronic diseases caused by unbalanced colonisation of infants’ intestines, through better understanding of breastmilk’s protective mechanisms.

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