THE INFANT MICROBIOME - MADE EASY!

Easy-to-understand evidence-based courses for health professionals. CE/CPD approved.

New research: Gut microbiome linked to age-related cognitive decline

Not about the infant gut microbiome this time, but fascinating research reveals the impact of the gut microbiome at the other end of the age spectrum. New animal research in mice links age-related cognitive decline to changes in the gut microbiome. Researchers transferred fecal transplants...

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Opinion: We need dedicated private lactation rooms in all public spaces

Great to see. A new law has been introduced in the US to create dedicated lactation spaces in small airports. In my view, similar laws should be introduced all around the world – not just in airports, but in all public spaces. Mothers should not have to breastfeed or to express their milk in...

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New research: Babies born by elective C-section are at 13% higher risk of infection-related hospitalisation

A new large mutli-national study involving data from 7 millions births found that children born by C-section are at higher risk of infections that require hospitalisation up to age 5. The study could help lend weight to global efforts to reduce rates of elective C-section that are not...

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New research: Home-birth is good for a baby’s immune system!

Some great news for supporters of home birth! New research shows being born at home is good for a baby’s immune system. The research shows that compared to C-section, being born at home results in a stronger epithelial barrier function and intestinal maturation. And not just that – but a...

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Your opinions are needed - help us decide what we do next!

Wise ones in our wonderful School....I need your help. I am working on a certification type programme but I want to know if people actually want it before I spend hundreds of hours creating it! I am thinking of creating a Microbiome Courses Certified Educator programme (exact wording...

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New research: Breastfeeding restores gut microbiome and reduces infections in C-section babies

Good news for babies needing to be born by C-section! New research shows that breastfeeding restored the gut microbiome of infants born by C-section. It also lowered the risk of infection in early life - particularly respiratory tract infections and diarrhoea. The research by Guo et al (2020)...

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Opinion: The important role of POO during childbirth

I remember the shock of seeing poo at my first birth. I was making a film about doulas and I was going along to film my first home birth. The birth was wonderful to witness. It was truly peaceful, beautiful, joyful and empowering. The experience literally changed my life. If I didn't see it...

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New research: More than half of gut bacteria are sensitive to Glyphosate

New research finds that more than half (54%) of the bacteria in the human gut microbiome are potentially sensitive to glyphosate - the world's most commonly used herbicide. Scientists from the University of Turku in Finland published the results of their study in the Journal of Hazardous...

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New research: Connection between the gut microbiome and the immune system

Not that easy to read (for non-scientists like me) but a new paper published in Nature looked at the complex connection between the human gut microbiome and the immune system. The study looked at the hundreds of hospitalised cancer patients who were "receiving haematopoietic cell...

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Debate: Is the infant microbiome established during pregnancy or at birth?

Here is a really good article looking at the evidence for exactly when a baby is first colonised by bactiera. In other words, is the infant microbiome established during pregnancy whilst the baby is developing inside the womb, or is at birth from when the amniotic sac ruptures, or is it...

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