What is the infant microbiome?
You might have seen our film Microbirth, but do you feel fully confident when asked about the infant microbiome by parents?
What about if someone asked you face-to-face, why is the infant microbiome so important? What would you say?
Well, if you need it here's a super-quick summary, a kind of "cheat-sheet" answer to explain the infant microbiome....
Two amazing events happen during childbirth. There's the obvious main event which is the emergence of a new human into the world.
But then there's the non-human event that is taking place simultaneously, a crucial event that is not visible to the naked eye, an event that could determine the lifelong health of the baby. This is the main seeding event for founding the infant microbiome.
With vaginal birth, the mother's bacteria are transferred to the baby via the birth canal, immediate skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding.
Arriving in the infant gut, these bacteria are fed by the special sugars in breast milk. These bacteria help train the baby's human cells to distinguish between what is "friend" and what is "foe" so that the immune system can fight off attack from pathogens.
This process helps kickstart the baby's immune system and helps to protect the infant from disease for its entire lifetime.
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