Breastfeeding promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut of kids and promotes the health of the immune system, a new study has found.
According to the study by National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark and University of Copenhagen, the growth of beneficial lactic acid bacteria in the gut flora is beneficial to the development of the child's immune system.
Research manager at the National Food Institute, Tine Rask Licht, said that the findings can be used to support initiatives that can be used to help children develop a type of gut microbiota, which is beneficial for the immune system and for the digestive system.
The study found that there are significant changes in the intestinal bacterial composition from nine to 18 months following cessation of breastfeeding and other types of food being introduced.
However, the scientists said that a child's gut microbiota continues to evolve right up to the age of three, as it becomes increasingly complex and also more stable.