Breastfeeding and UC?

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   Posted 10/7/2008 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
    I wanted to start a discussion on the possible links to non-breastfed infants and the relation to possible bacterial imbalance later in adulthood.  Could beneficial bacteria populations be stunted in the gut flora of an infant who was not breastfed?  Or if the infant was breastfed perhaps maybe the bacteria didn't colonize?  Would this imbalance take some time to show effects?
    I was not breastfed so I wonder if this could have contributed to a portion of my UC.  I know UC seems to be genetic but could factors in childhood like antibiotic usage, severe illnesses requiring stressful surgery, and poor diet predispose or activate an already existing condition like UC?  I thought about this when I began noticing that my body performs so much better when probiotics are added to my diet.    
Anyone else have any comments or ideas? 

Eva Lou
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   Posted 10/7/2008 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
there was a study done in Italy that showed that breastfed babies were less likely to develop IBD...I don't know much about it, & have only glanced at the study online. It ought to be easy to find though. I do believe that modern science agrees with that theory, I don't know the workings behind it, but yes, breasetfed babies are less likely to develop IBD!

diagnosed with UC '02
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