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Impact of Oligofructose supplementation on fecal microbiota, stool characteristics, and Hydration status in infants

Impact of Oligofructose supplementation on fecal microbiota, stool characteristics, and Hydration status in infants

To evaluate the impact of oligofructose (OF)-supplemented infant formula on fecal microbiota, stool characteristics, and hydration. Methods. Ninety-five formula-fed infants were randomized to α-lactalbumin-enriched control formula (CF) or identical formula with 3.0 g/L OF (EF) for 8 weeks; 50 infants fed human milk (HM) were included. Over 8 weeks, bifidobacteria count increased more in EF than CF group, EF group stool consistency was intermediate between CF and HM. Physician-assessed hydration status was normal for all infants. Conclusions. Infant formula with 3.0 g/L OF promoted bifidobacteria growth and softer stools without adversely affecting stool frequency or hydration.

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Susan Wernimont, PhD, RD, Robert Northington, PhD, Martin J. Kullen, PhD, Manjiang Yao, MD, PhD, and Jodi Bettler, MA, RD