Feeding their mothers to C-section babies helps POPOs to develop healthy gut bacteria transferred from their mothers to other babies during delivery.
- A fecal transplant occurs when a sample of feces from a healthy donor is transferred to the patient to restore bacterial balance.
- Babies born through a c-section have different gut bacteria makeup than infants born vaginally because they are not exposed to bacteria from the mother’s vagina.
- Researchers diluted small amounts of feces in breast milk from mothers and feed infants shortly after birth
- After three months, their microbiotas were born as infants who were born vaginally and were not born via C-section who did not have implants
Feeding babies delivered through a caesarean section (C-section) can help their mother’s stomach develop healthy microbiota, a new study.
Babies born in this way have an increased risk of allergy and asthma because they are not exposed to bacteria from the mother’s vagina and perineum during birth.
In a rigorous approach, the researchers diluted small amounts of the mother’s feces in breast milk and fed the newborn immediately after delivery.
The team from the Pediatric Research Center of the University of Helsinki found that the procedure was safe and that within three months, the infants had intestinal bacteria that were similar to those of infants born vaginally via c-section Were not born from Get a transplant.
A new study from the University of Helsinki found that C-section children who had small amounts of feces from their mothers at birth had gut bacteria similar to those born congenitally (file image)
‘From a clinical point of view, this transfer of microbial material is occurring during a vaginal delivery,’ said co-senior author Steyr Anderson, a professor at the University of Helsinki in Finland.
‘It is a gift that the mother gives to her child.’
Fecal transplant – which has become more popular in recent years – is the transfer of feces from a healthy donor to a patient’s gastrointestinal tract.
The feces contain about 1,000 different species of bacteria that act as probiotics and replenish the digestive system with bacteria.
Once doctors determine that the sample is safe, they add saline to dissolve it to eliminate particles and run it through a coffee filter.
After birth, a child’s immune system begins to develop in response to the germs to which they have been exposed.
Not being exposed to certain types of bacteria may increase the risk of conditions such as allergies and asthma.
Previous research has focused on whether to swab the c-section newborn’s skin with vaginal fluid immediately after delivery.
For the new study published in the journal Cell, the team recruited seven women scheduled for C-section at Helsinki University Hospital.
Researchers collected fecal samples from mothers three weeks before delivery and delivered to babies shortly after birth.
Babies remain in the hospital for two days after the transplant to ensure that they do not suffer from any complications.
His stomach bacteria were tested at birth and again over two days, one week, two weeks, three weeks and three months.
Results were compared against previous studies of infants born via vaginal delivery and data from people not receiving transplants at the same hospital.
They found that by the time the children were three months old, those who had received a fecal transplant had similar bacteria in infants born to their vagina.
‘It was not designed as a safety study, but we asked it to be effective and to support the concept of vertical transfer from mother to infant,’ co-senior author Dr. Said Willem de Vos, Helsinki at the University of Human Microbiome Research Program.
‘However, it is very important to tell people that this is not something that they should try on their own. Samples are to be tested for safety and suitability. ‘
For future research, the teams plan to compare the results to two groups, a fecal transplant group and a control group, and mothers will not know whether their children received the transplant.