By Amy Norton
THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Delivering by cesarean section deprives babies from receiving mom’s beneficial bacteria during the journey through the birth canal. Now researchers are studying an innovative way to counter that: Feeding newborns breast milk fortified with their mother’s poop.
There is, indeed, a yuck factor, the scientists acknowledge. But they also stress that the tactic, still under study, is done through a carefully controlled, hygienic process. And mothers seem to be all for it.
The research, described in the Oct. 1 issue of Cell, is part of a growing interest in the microbiome — the vast collection of bacteria and other microbes that naturally dwell in and on the body.
Studies in recent years have been revealing just how important those bugs are to the body’s normal processes — from metabolism to immune defenses to brain function.