First food and gut microbes
The infant gut microbiota development is influenced by type of milk feeding and the composition of the complementary diet, with protein and dietary fiber intake coupled
to development of increased diversity in the maturing gut microbiota of well-nourished
infants. Pioneering studies with stunted malnourished children suggest that microbiota
directed complementary foods ensures adequate maturation of the gut microbiota and may improve growth and development.