Professor Scott and colleagues investigate factors affecting the bacterial “microbiome” in the infant gut

February 20/2013


Baby's gut bacteria influenced by cesarean delivery and formula feeding

Weblink to abstract: http://www.cmaj.ca/content/early/2013/02/11/cmaj.121189

Gut microbiota of healthy Canadian infants: profiles by mode of delivery and infant diet at 4 months

Naturally-occurring Gut bacteria are increasingly being recognized as key moderators of health, yet when we are born, our bodies lack these important colonists. Instead, our bodies acquire them in the first few months of life and the sequence of gut colonization may be important to the development of our immune systems. Our work showed that factors including c-section delivery and formula feeding may have unexpected effects on our early gut microbial communities, and may, in turn, be risk-factors for certain diseases in later life.

Bibliographic reference: Azad MB, Konya T, Maughan H, Guttman DS, Field CJ, Chari RS, Sears MR, Becker AB, Scott JA, Kozyrskyj AM. 2013. Gut microbiota of healthy Canadian infants: profiles by mode of delivery and infant diet at 4 months. CMAJ First published February 11, 2013, doi: 10.1503/cmaj.121189.

Funding: CIHR, AllerGen NCE