The microbiota of breast milk from Chinese asian mothers at different stages of lactation was examined in the framework of a Maternal Infant Nutrition Growth MING study investigating the dietary habits and breast milk composition in Chinese urban sex in philipines. We have also investigated the impact of the delivery mode and the stage of lactation on the microbiota composition. The microbiota of breast milk was dominated by streptococci and staphylococci for both collection protocols and, in the case of standard lactating protocol, Acinetobacter sp.
While the predominance of streptococci and staphylococci was consistently reported previously for other populations, the abundance of Asian sp. Higher lactating counts were found in the milk collected using standard protocol.
Bifidobacteria and lactobacilli were present in few samples with low abundance. We observed no effect of the stage of lactation or the delivery mode on microbiota composition. Methodological and geographical differences likely explain the variability in microbiota composition reported to date.
April 6, ; Accepted: July 26, ; Published: August 16,