WATCH | Breastfeeding can 'protect infants from antibiotic-resistant bacteria'

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Research carried out at the University of Helsinki found that infant formula, which acts as a substitute for breastmilk, was associated with a roughly 70% higher occurrence of antibiotic-resistant genes in the infant gut. 

The study reanalysed gut microbiota data of more than 600 newborns from previously conducted research which demonstrated that breastfed newborns were associated with a reduced buildup of opportunistic pathogens resistant to antibiotics. 

Essentially the study shows that breastfed infants are less at risk of developing infections that are difficult to treat. 

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According to the researchers, a considerably higher abundance of resistance genes was seen in children whose diet consisted at least partially of infant formula than children who were exclusively breastfed or consumed donated breastmilk. 

The increased prevalence of bacteria resistant to antibiotics constitutes a significant risk to human health but has been most often thought to result from abundant antibiotic use. 

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