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Breastfeeding Prevents Thrush

Wednesday, 29 October 2008 10:19

Breastfeeding may keep babies free of common yeast infections, said scientists at the 101st General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Orlando.

Researcher Annalee S. Lucena from Miami University dosed nine different strains of Candida albicans, the yeast that causes thrush in newborns, with human breast milk from ten different donors.

Milk from all the donors dramatically inhibited germination of all nine C. albicans strains. Diluted breast milk and frozen breast milk also prevented C. albicans infection.  "Together, these data reveal a previously unknown immunologic capability of human milk," noted Lucena.

Lucena A. Breast Milk inhibits germination of candida albicans.   101st General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.   May 20-24, 2001, Orlando, Florida