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MothersBabies Newsletter:
The Surprising Links Between Breastfeeding,
BMI and Bacteria


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Did you know that overweight or obese women are much less likely to breastfeed their children? Or that the gut microbiome of children of obese and overweight women is different to the children of women in the healthy weight range? 
With obesity becoming more and more of a problem in the younger generations, scientists are really digging deep to uncover possible explanations for this increasing problem.

The composition of our adult microbiome has been shown to have a significant association with the likelihood of being overweight or obese.

Does this translate to our children?
Is there anything we can do to help lower the risk of our children becoming obese in the future?
This newsletter will take a deep dive into the complex relationship between a mum’s weight, breastfeeding, and a bub’s gut microbiome.
In this newsletter, you can:
  • Read an article written by nutritionist Clare Carrick looking at some of the tricky links between obesity, likelihood of breastfeeding, and how this may impact a baby’s chance of being overweight.
  • Read a research summary written by Dr Fathalla Ali looking at the science behind the impact of maternal BMI on the likelihood of breastfeeding and infant BMI at one year of age.
  • Watch Paediatric Immunobiologist Dr Steven Leach explain where babies get their microbiome from.

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The information in this newsletter is provided for general educational purposes only.

Statements or opinions expressed in the newsletter should not be taken as fact, but as opinion on the current state of evidence based science. The content is not (and should not be taken to be) medical advice or an endorsement or recommendation of any specific product or treatment.

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