Infant Feeding and the Faecal Flora

  • C. L. Bullen
Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (volume 8)


The type of milk fed to newborn infants greatly influences the physio-chemical and microbiological properties of their faeces. Breast-fed babies are relatively resistant to gastroenteritis(1,2,3); various explanations suggested for this include passive transfer of antibodies to Escherichia coli in colostrum(4,5), contamination of artificial feeds during preparation(6) and the nature of the intestinal environmentl(2). The continuing occurrence of enteropathogenic E. coli infections in infants, together with the introduction of “humanised” milks and the popularity of supplementing breast feeding with cows’ milk preparations during the first week of life, has led us to re-examine this problem.


Breast Milk Volatile Fatty Acid Infant Feeding Faecal Flora Faecal Suspension 
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  • C. L. Bullen
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  1. 1.The Old RectoryFulletbyLincolnshireUK

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