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Our study reveals Bifidobacteria almost non-existent in cesarean-born Chinese babies

1 Apr 2022


A research by Dr Jiachi CHIOU, Associate Director of RiFood has revealed that Bifidobacteria, a probiotic, was nearly non-existent in the gut of babies born by cesarean section (C-section). Bifidobacteria is viewed as an essential probiotic for proper immune development and good gut health among infants which protects the neonates from various intestinal and immunity disorders.

Dr Chiou and her research team examined 70 fecal samples of newborn babies after their first 2 weeks of life for the study. They found that the Bifidobacterium species almost did not exist in samples from C-section babies. In comparison, 37 fecal samples from vaginally birthed, breastfed babies had the necessary probiotic levels. While previous study suggested that Bifidobacteria could be detected from the breastmilk, and hence breastfeeding may help to supplement the beneficial bacteria in the baby’s gut microbiota.

Dr. Chiou also said 38% of births in Hong Kong are C-section deliveries, so it is crucial to understand the special nutrition needs of C-section babies. (Oriental Daily News A11, am730 A06, Sky Post P14, Wen Wei Po A10)

* This newborn babies study was commissioned by Danone Nutricia.

Online coverage :

i-Cable https://polyu.me/379mk6M

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Sing Tao Daily https://polyu.me/38jWkWP

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Wen Wei Po https://polyu.me/3DBeGy8

HK01 - https://polyu.me/376n0JK

Bastille Post https://polyu.me/3iVh09s


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