Feeding babies C-section of their mothers’ POOP helps them to have healthy gut bacteria that are transferred to other babies from their mothers during childbirth
- Fecal transplantation occurs when a stool sample from a healthy donor is transferred to the patient so the bacterial balance is restored
- Babies born by C-section have a different color of gut bacteria than babies born in the vagina because they are not exposed to bacteria from the mother’s vagina.
- The researchers mixed a small amount of feces from mothers with breast milk and fed them to babies shortly after birth.
- After three months, their microbiotas are similar to those born in the circulatory system and not to those born by C-section who did not receive a transplant.
Feeding babies delivered through a cesarean section (C-section) of their mother’s excrement may help them develop a healthy microbiota, a small study suggests.
Babies born this way have a higher risk of allergies and asthma because they are not exposed to bacteria from the mother’s vagina and perineum during birth.
In a violent approach, the researchers combined a small amount of mother’s stool with breast milk and fed it to the newborn shortly after birth.
The team, from the Pediatric Research Center at the University of Helsinki, found that the process was safe and that, within three months, babies had gut bacteria resembling breast-born babies. those born by C-section who do not receive a transplant.
A new study from the University of Helsinki found that C-section babies with a small amount of feces from their mothers who were fed them at birth had gut bacteria similar to those of babies who born in the vagina (file image)
‘From a clinical point of view, the transfer of this microbial material occurs during vaginal delivery,’ said co-senior author Sture Andersson, a professor at the University of Helsinki in Finland.
‘This is a gift the mother gives to her baby.’
Fecal transplantation – which has become more popular in recent years – is the transfer of stool from a healthy donor to a patient’s gastrointestinal tract.
The stool contains approximately 1,000 different species of bacteria that act as probiotics and replenish the bacteria of the digestive tract.
Once the doctors determined that the sample was safe, they added salt to dissolve it and run it through a coffee filter to remove the particles.
After birth, a baby’s immune system begins to develop in response to the microbes exposed to them.
Not being exposed to certain types of bacteria can increase the risk of allergies and conditions such as asthma.
Previous research has focused on whether or not applying the skin of a newborn C section with vaginal fluid to delivery reduces this risk.
For the new study, published in the journal Cell, the team recruited seven women scheduled to have C-sections at Helsinki University Hospital.
The researchers collected fecal samples from mothers three weeks before birth and gave them to babies shortly after birth.
The babies were kept in the hospital for two days following the transplant to make sure they did not suffer from any complications.
Their gut bacteria are tested at birth and then at two days, a week, two weeks, three weeks and three months.
The results were compared compared with data collected from previous studies of infants born through vaginal delivery and those who did not receive transplants at the same hospital.
They found that by the time babies were three months old, those who received fecal transplants had similar gut bacteria in babies born in the vagina.
‘It was not designed as a safety study, but we found it to be effective and supportive of the concept of vertical transition from mother to baby,’ said co-senior author Dr Willem de Vos, of the Human Microbiome Research Program at the University of Helsinki.
‘However, it is very important to tell people that this is not something they should try on their own. Samples need to be tested for safety and suitability. ‘
For future research, the teams plan to have two groups, a fecal transplant group and a control group, to compare the results and mothers will not know if their babies received the transplant or not.