New Study: Exclusive breastfeeding restores infant gut microbiome after C-section

Toni Harman
7 min readAug 24, 2023

A new study reveals exclusive breastfeeding restores the gut microbiome dysbiosis associated with a baby being born by C-section.

New Study: Exclusive breastfeeding restores infant gut microbiome after C-section.
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New research provides a really strong reason why EXCLUSIVE BREASTFEEDING is so important for all babies, but especially for those babies born by C-section.

As a Mum of a baby born by C-section, who really struggled to establish breastfeeding with absolutely no support, I strongly believe this: There needs to be MUCH MORE support available for ALL mothers of babies born by C-section to initiate and establish breastfeeding, if they so choose.

Rant over. Back to the research…

This new study looked at the impact on the infant gut microbiome:

  • Of how babies were born (vaginal birth or C-section)
  • Of how those babies were fed during the first 6 months after birth.

The new research confirms that babies born by C-section do indeed have an altered gut microbiome compared to babies born vaginally.

This research shows again, as many previous studies have also shown, that how a baby is born (vaginally or by C-section) is a major factor in terms of differences in the gut microbiota in early life.

But this new study showed something else too…

Changes in the infant gut microbiome associated with being born by C-section can be restored by EXCLUSIVE BREASTFEEDING.

This is an important message to reach all health professionals and all parents.

In more scientific language, this new longitudinal cohort study by Chinese researchers finds that exclusive breastfeeding restores the “perturbations” in the gut microbiota connected with mode of delivery.

The study by Liu, Y. et al. was published in Frontiers in Microbiology on 10th July 2023.

Read on below for more details about the new study…

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Toni Harman

I help parents and health professionals better understand the science of pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and the microbiome. https://linktr.ee/toniharman