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Can breastfeeding help combat global antibiotic resistance?

Portrait of Professor Maya Nadimpalli with graphic of breastfeeding mother

Young children living in low-resource settings are often gut-colonised with antibiotic-resistant bacteria of critical concern within the first few months of life, with potential consequences for subsequent infection and onward transmission. In line with global efforts to curb the spread of resistance, recent studies have explored if behavioral or water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions might limit children's colonistion with these strains. To date, few studies have explored whether breastfeeding could confer similar benefits.  

In this talk, Dr Nadimpalli will outline how breastfeeding and human milk components could theoretically protect children from acquiring drug-resistant bacteria and alternatively, how formula feeding (which is rising in several middle-income countries) might increase risks of acquisition. She will present ongoing work among children raised in a Peruvian shantytown that tests these hypotheses.  

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Professor Maya Nadimpalli, Assistant Professor, Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University 

 

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