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Nestle's infant formula contains probiotics bacteria. This formula is expensive so I was wondering if this bacteria the same bacteria (which prevents infections and diseases) present in the breast milk?

Does my infant _need_ this bacteria?

What is the required type of bacteria not present in the formula but present in breast milk?

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NO. Breast milk has all they need. Companies such as Nestle prey on mother's fear about ensuring that their baby is properly cared for in order to sell their expensive products. Repeating, breast milk has all they need. – Dave Clarke Sep 9 '13 at 9:27
@DaveClarke You ve read my question backwards. – TheIndependentAquarius Sep 9 '13 at 10:05
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It is almost certain they do not need this bacteria.

Have a look at this question on Skeptics.

the European Food Safety authority has researched 800 health claims of such companies, and they could not find relationships.

There is some evidence that probiotics can help in certain situations, for a small subset of the population, but that is about it.

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