Presentation Information

Joana Torres

Breastfeeding and IBD

  • Speaker: Joana Torres , MD, PhD
  • Presentation Type:
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME

Inflammatory Bowel Disease is a chronic immune-mediated disease with increasing epidemiology. IBD results from a complex relationship between genetic susceptibility, environmental factors and intestinal microbiota, resulting in a self-perpetuating abnormal mucosal immune response. Increasing epidemiological evidence suggests that early life events and childhood exposures may be important for determining the risk of IBD. One of the most important early life exposures is diet: breastfeeding (BF) or formula feeding may impact microbiome development, which in turn may modulate immune system maturation. In this presentation I will review the benefits of BF, the evidence suggesting the role of BF in IBD, the impact of BF on the developing microbiome, and debate the issues of breastfeeding in patients with IBD.