Probiotic treatment of mothers influences maternal care: Implications for postpartum hormone regulation and offspring stress resiliency

Probiotics are a form of good bacteria that have been shown to have health benefits in offspring that have been exposed to early life stress. One such form of early life stress that has a lasting impact on offspring stress resiliency is poor maternal care. Based on unpublished research from our laboratory, we have found that probiotics have a positive impact on the quality of a mother’s care towards her offspring.

Elizabeth O’Leary
Faculty Supervisor: 
Tara S Perrot
Nova Scotia
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