Advances in Infant Nutrition: Probiotics
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019
Time: 12:00 - 13:00 ET
Speaker: Michelle M. Pietzak, MD
Breastfeeding is the gold standard for infant feeding. Many of the benefits of breastfeeding can be attributed to the strains of Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus found in human breast milk. Bifidobacteria lactis supplemented in formula provides the infant with immune system support, including increasing specific IgA levels to pathogens. Lactobacillus reuteri has been shown to reduce crying in infants with colic, reduce spit-ups, improve gastrointestinal motility and provide more regular bowel movements in infants with constipation. These probiotics may provide improved digestive health in infants born via C-section and those who are not breastfed.
At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:
1. Understand that the many benefits of breastfeeding are due the bacteria found in breastmilk.
2. Learn how to promote a balanced microbiome in infancy.
3. Apply knowledge about the clinically proved benefits of B. lactis and L. reuteri probiotics to infants to their practice.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Michelle Pietzak is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Dr. Pietzak received her medical school training at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She did both her residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. In her practice she cares primarily for children with autoimmune inflammatory bowel diseases (such as celiac disease, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), short bowel syndrome, and those who have special nutritional needs.
Dr. Pietzak has authored more than 90 publications, including abstracts, letters to the editor, peer-reviewed papers, and book chapters for both laypeople and the medical community. She is a recognized international expert, speaker and educator on celiac disease. Her writings have appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Nutrition in Clinical Practice, Diabetes, Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition and Pediatrics in Review. She has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, WebMD, USA Today, TIME, KABC News and PBS Real Moms, Real Stories, Real Savvy. She has contributed to the books “Wheat-Free, Worry-Free The Art of Happy, Healthy, Gluten-Free Living”, “Textbook of Pediatric Gastroenterology”, “Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease” “The Gluten Free Bible” and “Living Gluten Free For Dummies”. She has also developed CD and DVD sets dedicated to educating patients and physicians about celiac disease and the gluten free diet.
Dr. Pietzak is also the recipient of numerous grants, including from the NIH, to study autoimmune intestinal diseases, as well as the interactions of E. coli bacteria and the gastrointestinal tract. She also has a special research interest in probiotics.