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Maternal lactation. II. Intestinal colonization in breast fed newborn infants

Maternal lactation. II. Intestinal colonization in breast fed newborn infants

Boletin Medico del Hospital Infantil de Mexico 36(4): 605-610

To establish the role of maternal milk in intestinal colonization of premature newborns 23 cases were investigated; 12 were fed breast milk in bottles, and 11 were fed cow's milk. Bacteriological studies of feces were done every day for the first 18 days of life. Staphylococcus aureus was isolated in 5 babies given breast milk, and in 11 babies given cow's milk, and E. Coli was found in 3 and 6 babies, respectively. Other nonpathogenic strains were found in similar proportions in both groups, except Proteus, which was found in 10 babies fed breast milk, and in only 3 babies fed cow's milk. Breast milk did not avoid the colonization of E. Coli, but none of the babies fed breast milk had diarrhea, including the 3 cases with E. Coli, compared to 4 in the other group, 2 of whom died. From these results it is possible to assume that although breast milk cannot avoid colonization by E. Coli, this strain does not cause disease.

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