Feeding sows resistant starch during gestation and lactation impacts their faecal microbiota and milk composition but shows limited effects on their progeny

Julie Leblois, Sébastien Massart, Hélène Soyeurt, Clément Grelet, Frédéric Dehareng, Martine Schroyen, Bing Li, José Wavreille, Jérôme Bindelle, Nadia Everaert, Juan J Loor
2018 PLoS ONE  
Establishment of a beneficial microbiota profile for piglets as early in life as possible is important as it will impact their future health. In the current study, we hypothesized that resistant starch (RS) provided in the maternal diet during gestation and lactation will be fermented in their hindgut, which would favourably modify their milk and/or gut microbiota composition and that it would in turn affect piglets' microbiota profile and their absorptive and immune abilities. Methods In this
more » ... xperiment, 33% of pea starch was used in the diet of gestating and lactating sows and compared to control sows. Their faecal microbiota and milk composition were determined and the colonic microbiota, short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) production and gut health related parameters of the piglets were measured two days before weaning. In addition, their overall performances and post-weaning faecal score were also assessed.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0199568 pmid:29969488 pmcid:PMC6029764 fatcat:hlw7czwul5hixmmzs4hf2mrti4