A type of sugar found naturally in some women’s breast milk may protect newborn babies from infection with a potentially life threatening bacterium called Group B streptococcus, according to a new study from Imperial College London.

These bacteria are a common cause of meningitis in newborns and the leading cause of infection in the first three months of life in the UK and globally.

The new research, on 183 women in The Gambia and published in the journalClinical and Translational Immunology, suggests a sugar found in some women’s breast milk protect babies against the bacteria.

Source: Breast milk sugar may protect babies against deadly infection — ScienceDaily