Experts say there is no medical evidence for ‘vaginal seeding’ of c-section babies.
In recent years we have seen a significant increase in vaginal seeding of babies born via c-section but experts are now saying there is no medical evidence to support the practice.
Seeding, or micro-birthing, refers to the practice of swabbing a newborn baby with gauze which has absorbed the mother’s vaginal fluid. The aim is to boost immunity and decrease the likelihood of developing illnesses like asthma and allergies.
Usually the mother inserts a gauze swab into her vagina immediately prior to the birth of a baby and then after the caesarian section has been performed, the gauze is used to swab the newborns eyes, mouth and face.
It is thought that the practice of seeding originated after research found evidence of differing gut bacteria in newborns depending on the type of birth. Some suggested that the reasoning for this could be that while making it’s way down the birth canal, a baby ingests some of the good bacteria from it’s mother. Obviously babies who are born via c-section do not move through the birth canal and therefore miss out on the transfer of bacteria.
However, experts writing for the British Medical Journal say that perhaps we have jumped to incorrect conclusions about seeding and say that there is ‘ no evidence of benefit’ in the trend. In fact mother’s who chose to seed their babies may actually be putting them at more risk of further serious infection.
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