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Gut Bacteria and Infant Health

A baby’s birth and early diet seem to play an important role in future gut health. Studies show that the gut bacterial composition of vaginally-born infants differs from those born after cesarean sections; similarly, the bacteria of those exclusively breastfed differs from that of babies who are exclusively formula-fed, or fed both breastmilk and formula. What difference does it make, for short-term health? How about long-term? What other factors might influence gut bacteria? Join Marie Biancuzzo and special guest Tara Haelle, author of Informed Parent (with co-author Emily Willingham). Questions? E-mail any time.

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