Breastmilk and neonatal saliva shape oral microbiome

Newborn breastfed babies’ saliva combines with breastmilk to release antibacterial compounds including hydrogen peroxide that help to shape the oral and gut microbiota Queensland scientists have found. The growth of both pathogenic microorganisms and commensals was inhibited rapidly and for up to 24 hours following breastmilk and saliva mixing in a study led by Dr ...

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