Study Says That Sugar From Human Milk Can Prevent Infections:- B Streptococcus (GBS) is a deadly bacteria and it is the common cause for blood infections and meningitis in the newborn babies. They can be prevented and treated through antibiotics. These bacteria in children are increasingly resistant. The researchers have confirmed that the human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs)- short strings of sugar molecules abundant in breast milk is the best to prevent the infections of GBS in the human cells and the tissues. HMOs can replace the antibiotics for treating the infections in the newborn soon. The research will soon be presented in the meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). This meeting will be held virtually and in-person. More than 7000 presentations will be presented in the meeting.
Rebecca Moore who is presenting the work said that the mixtures of HMPs from milk have antimicrobial and antibiofilm activity. As per the reports, more than 2000 babies get GBS every year in USA and 4-6 percent of them die due to it. They are transferred from mother to baby during the delivery. If a mother is tested positive for GBS, she will be given antibiotics during the labor to prevent the spread of the infection to the baby. There are cases reported after the baby's birth till three months after the birth. The sugars can replace the antibiotics. The placental immune cells are researched by mothers with GBS infections. National Science Foundation supported and funded the research.