Mothers' hormones may affect bacterial diversity in breast milk

01/8/2013 | U.S. News & World Report

Mothers who were overweight or gained more than the recommended weight during their pregnancy had less bacterial species found in their breast milk, Spanish researchers reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. They found that the breast milk of mothers who underwent planned cesarean section delivery had fewer species of bacteria compared with that of the vaginal birth group or mothers who had unplanned C-sections.

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