- Infants born via cesarean delivery may have an underdeveloped microbiome.
- A new study found that infants exposed to their mother’s fecal matter may benefit.
- Experts warn this was tested in a hospital, and it’s not something anyone should try at home.
Infants who arrive via cesarean delivery, commonly referred to as a C-section, typically lack helpful gut bacteria.
This can put them at a higher risk for certain conditions compared to babies born vaginally.
Researchers have been searching for ways to build this gut bacteria in other ways.
Now a new study finds that feeding them a solution of their mother’s feces and breast milk could safely introduce healthy bacteria.
Previous research has explored a vaginal microbiome transfer, known as swabbing newborns or vaginal seeding, to increase the infant’s