Cesarean Delivery May Affect the Early Biodiversity of Intestinal Bacteria
Regular readers of Updates will confirm how much I rant and rave about the critical importance of normal, healthy bacterial flora in our newborns, infants and toddlers. Words alone are inadequate at explaining just how important this is to healthy, balanced development of our immune system and gut ecology.
Because of this, importance of the pregnant mom’s vaginal flora (has she ever been on antibiotics?), the route of delivery (C-section or vaginal) and has the child ever received antibiotics without replacing the normal flora w/ probiotics? This study again confirms that birth by C-section alters the normal flora that is supposed to be present.