The Birth of Poop
Newborns are born with meconium in their gut, which was, until recently, thought to be sterile. In fact meconium is populated with Ecoli and Lactobacillus, thought to be from the mothers digestive system. As the infant moves through the birth canal their mouth fills with bacteria further colonising their digestive system. The kissing and cuddling which babies invite continues the colonisation process and nutrients in the mother’sbreast milk help grow the new bacteria.
Studies have shown that the intestinal flora of caesarean delivered and bottle fed infants takes much longer to colonise. By the time your microbiome is established it contains a zoo of bacteria all working as a key digestive organ to keep you healthy. Some practitioners speculate that health and psychological problems run in families not for genetic or social reasons, but because the causative bacteria are spread through families.Read More