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What do you need to know about vaginal seeding?

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Pregnancy fads come and go. Some people let professional photographers in the delivery room to record the birth. Other moms eat their baby’s placenta.

Add this trend to the list: vaginal seeding. It’s when newborns delivered by C-section are swabbed with their mother’s vaginal fluid soon after birth. The practice is controversial, and some researchers believe it may even be dangerous.

From: The Facts About Vaginal Seeding WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on February 06, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 02/06/2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Can vaginal seeding after a C-section benefit my baby?”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee Opinion: “Vaginal Seeding.”

Science Translational Medicine : “Antibiotics, birth mode, and diet shape microbiome maturation during early life.”

Nature Medicine : “Partial restoration of the microbiota of cesarean-born infants via vaginal microbial transfer.”

BMJ : "Vaginal seeding’ of infants born by caesarean section.”

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center: “Vaginal seeding: Why we can’t recommend this C-section trend.”

JAMA Pediatrics : “Association between breast milk bacterial communities and establishment and development of the infant gut microbiome.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on February 06, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Can vaginal seeding after a C-section benefit my baby?”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee Opinion: “Vaginal Seeding.”

Science Translational Medicine : “Antibiotics, birth mode, and diet shape microbiome maturation during early life.”

Nature Medicine : “Partial restoration of the microbiota of cesarean-born infants via vaginal microbial transfer.”

BMJ : "Vaginal seeding’ of infants born by caesarean section.”

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center: “Vaginal seeding: Why we can’t recommend this C-section trend.”

JAMA Pediatrics : “Association between breast milk bacterial communities and establishment and development of the infant gut microbiome.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on February 06, 2018

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