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The Effect of Maternal Postpartum Practices on Infant Gut Microbiota: A Chinese Cohort Study

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Affiliation Wuhan University School of Health Sciences, Wuhan University, 169 Donghu Road, Wuhan 430071, China
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Affiliation Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, 1520 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA
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Microorganisms 2019, 7(11), 511; https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms7110511
Received: 15 October 2019 / Revised: 25 October 2019 / Accepted: 28 October 2019 / Published: 30 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Collection Feature Papers in Gut Microbiota)
(1) Background: The human gut microbiota at early life is shaped by numerous factors, especially factors from mothers, which have huge influence on infants’ gut microbiotas. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of maternal adherence to Chinese traditional postpartum practices of “doing the month” on the development of infant gut microbiota at 6-month postpartum. (2) Methods: A cohort of 62 Chinese women at late pregnancy was recruited from a tertiary general hospital in a central region of China. The participants and their babies were followed up to 6 months postpartum. Finally, 50 mother-infant dyads were enrolled in the study. Women’s adherence to the traditional postpartum practices was measured by adherence to doing the month practices (ADP). Infant fecal samples were collected at six months of age and were analyzed using 16S rRNA V3 and V4 gene region sequences. (3) Results: Ruminococcus gnavus was significantly less abundant in infants whose mothers had a better adherence to the traditional postpartum practices of “doing the month.” Infants receiving Clostridium-butyricum during the first month after delivery had a significant dominance of Escherichia/Shigella. (4) Conclusions: Adherence to the traditional postpartum practices of “doing the month” can impact an infant’s gut microbiota at 6 months of age. Infants receiving probiotics during the first month after delivery had a significant dominance of opportunistic pathogens. View Full-Text
Keywords: infant; Chinese women; culture; probiotics consumption; microbiota; postpartum practices infant; Chinese women; culture; probiotics consumption; microbiota; postpartum practices
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Wang, Y.; Liu, Y.; Bai, J.; Chen, X. The Effect of Maternal Postpartum Practices on Infant Gut Microbiota: A Chinese Cohort Study. Microorganisms 2019, 7, 511.

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