We are not supporting this browser

The preterm gut microbiome

The importance of supporting the gut microbiota for positive health outcomes in preterm infants1-5

 

Infants who are born prematurely often face multiple health concerns, including poor feed tolerance, reduced gut barrier function and increased risk of infection.1–3 The gut microbiota in these infants is considered to be important for protection against harmful microorganisms and for the maturation of the immune system.4 Increasing evidence suggests that promoting a healthy microbiota is key to ensuring the best possible outcomes in preterm infants.2,5

The benefits of breast milk on the microbiota

Breast milk is universally recognised as promoting the best health outcomes in both preterm and term infants by providing a unique combination of nutrients and immune-protective factors.6 One of the many important benefits of breast milk is the promotion of a healthy gut microbiota, which is in part attributed to the presence of prebiotic oligosaccharides (OS), which support gut intestinal flora development (figure 1).4

Inspired by breast milk

Nutricia's prebiotic oligosaccharides (OS) blend of short-chain galacto-oligosaccharides and long chain fructo-oligosaccharides (GOS/FOS) supports gut health.

click to explore each factor graphic
stimulates growth of bifidobacteria graphic
reduces the prevalence of clinically relevant pathogens graphic
results in significantly softer stools and increased stool frequency graphic
significantly reduced stool viscosity and accelerates gastrointestinal transit time graphic
may improve enteral tolerance graphic
  1. Calkins KL, et al. Clin Perinatol 2014;41(2):331–345. 
  2. Groer MW, et al. Microbiome 2014;2:(38):1-8. 
  3. Neu J. World Rev Nutr Diet 2014;110:253–263.
  4. Harmsen HJM et al. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2000;30(1):61–7.
  5. Boehm G et al. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2002;86:F178–F181.
  6. Knol J et al. Acta Paediatrica. 2005;94(Suppl 449):31–33.
  7. Mihatsch W et al. Acta Paediatr. 2006;95:843–848.
  8. Modi N et al. Pediatr Res. 2010;68:440–445. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Breastfeeding is best. Foods for special medical purposes should only be used under medical supervision.

Order a free paper copy of the Preterm Parent Book

To order a free paper copy of the Preterm Parent Book, please register for your free Nutricia account or login at the link below. Register / Login

Looking to speak to your local Nutricia representative?

Select ‘request a meeting/ call with a local sales rep’ as the topic of enquiry when completing our contact form, and your local account manager will be in touch shortly.

You may also be interested in

Nutricia uses cookies on this website. With your consent we will use them to measure and analyze usage of the website (analytical cookies), to tailor it to your interests (personalisational cookies), and to present you relevant advertising and information (targeting cookies). For more information please read the cookie policy.

Privacy Settings

You can choose your preferences anytime for cookies and tracking. For more information please read our cookie policy.

  • Strictly necessary

    They are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services (setting your privacy preferences, logging in, filling in forms, etc.). You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work.

  • Analytical cookies

    They allow us to count visits and traffic sources, to measure and improve the performance of our site. They show us which pages are the most and least popular and how visitors move around the site. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

  • Personalisation cookies

    They enable website’s enhanced functionality and personalisation. They may be set by us or by third parties whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies, some or all of these services may not function properly.

  • Targeting cookies

    They may be set through our site by our advertising partners, to build a profile of your interests and to show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.