Stools of Breastfed and Formula-fed Infants Compared

by Colleen Fleiss on  November 9, 2018 at 2:24 AM Child Health News
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During the first and second month of life, the average daily stool frequency was found to be significantly higher in the breastfed than formula fed infants, stated researchers who compared the stools of 40 infants who were exclusively breastfed with those of 13 who were exclusively formula fed.
Stools of Breastfed and Formula-fed Infants Compared
Stools of Breastfed and Formula-fed Infants Compared

The Acta Paediatrica study also found that the stools were more liquid in the breastfed infants during the first three months, and infrequent stools were 3.5 times more likely in the breastfed infants (28 percent) than formula fed infants (8 percent).

"Many hypotheses have been put forward, from better digestion of the fat in mother's milk than formula milk to a greater number of saccharolytic bacteria that can degrade unabsorbed and unabsorbable sugars."

Source: Eurekalert

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