Caesarean babies have different gut bacteria, microbiome study finds

“Babies born by caesarean section have different gut bacteria to those delivered vaginally, the most comprehensive study to date on the baby microbiome has found” writes Hannah Devlin for Breastfeeding also had an impact on gut bacteria, the study found, but played a more minor role.However, in the future it may become routine to administer a dose of bacteria to babies born through caesarean.The study showed that babies born vaginally pick up most of their initial dose of bacteria from their mother, while C-section babies have more bugs linked to hospital environments, including strains that demonstrate antimicrobial resistance.

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