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
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