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Breast Milk and the Microbiome

by Briana Tillman, IBCLC and LLL Leader, Osteopathic Medical Student
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: No
  • Origin: goldlactation.com
Abstract:

Recently, much scientific inquiry has turned to the new frontier of the “microbiome", the many microscopic beings living commensally or symbiotically in and upon the human body. Breast milk’s contribution to the development and sustenance of healthy gut bacteria is immense, in that it not only provides bacteria for the initial seeding, but also contains an ideal nutrient base designed to promote beneficial flora while simultaneously discouraging pathogens. This presentation will explore the relevant theories and understanding of these processes.
We will delve into the long-term health outcomes associated with the microbiome, including obesity, diabetes, brown-to-white fat ratio, gastrointestinal concerns, and allergies. This presentation will also explore the impact of breast milk storage and pasteurization techniques on its microbiologic activity. Additionally, we will look at other aspects of the microbiome as they relate to skin-to-skin contact, vaginal birth and breastfeeding.
Finally, we will describe bacterial roles in infant neurological development, allergies, digestion, immunity, and future obesity. Healthcare practitioners need to be aware of the benefits of microbial diversity in order to effectively counsel new parents, especially those with infants at risk for immunological or digestive concerns.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Explore the term “microbiome” and its relationship to diet, vaginal birth, and environmental factors
Objective 2: Describe the relationship between breastfeeding and gut flora development and maintenance
Objective 3: Understand the theories surrounding the presence of bacteria in breast milk and their potential mechanisms of delivery
Objective 4: Discuss the impact of gut flora on allergies, obesity, brown fat, insulin resistance, and other long-term health outcomes

Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks