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C-Section and Formula Fed Babies' Gut and Immune System

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Monday, 25 February 2013 16:15

C-Section and Formula Fed Babies' Gut and Immune System

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Monday February 25 2013

An interesting article was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (here) a couple of weeks ago that was all over the media outlets regarding the potential benefits of a vaginal birth and breast-feeding.

The researchers looked into the different types of bacteria that was found in 4 month old infants.  They also looked at whether or not these infants were born via caesarian vs vaginal delivery, and whether they were formula-fed or breast-fed.

This is an interesting study because there has always been great "lively discussions" over whether women should be having elective caesarian deliveries and the many benefits of breastfeeding in the Naturopathic community.  Of course, I must note that emergency caesarian deliveries are necessary and can be life-saving.  

Naturopaths are also very interesting in the gut microflora because it is such an important factor in both our digestive and immune systems -- these are key systems to our overall health!

Interestingly, they found that infants born by caesarian delivery did not have as much Escherichia-Shigella and Bacteroides species in their gut bacteria versus infants who were delivered vaginally.  In addition, infants who were born by elective caesarian delivery had particularly low gut bacteria amounts and variety.

They also found that formula-fed infants had more Clostridium difficile in their gut bacteria versus breast fed infants.

  

If you would like to make an appointment with Moira Kwok ND to learn how a Naturopathic Doctor can help you treat your or your child's current condition(s) or prevent any condition(s) that you may be predisposed to in the future, please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or any of the contact phone numbers to her midtown Toronto, downtown Toronto or Mississauga clinics (found HERE) and she would be happy to see you for an appointment.

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