Why Pooping During Birth IS Beneficial To A Child’s Health

Toni Harman
6 min readJul 12, 2023

A new study on squash bugs can teach us all vital lessons about human birth and the optimal “seeding and feeding” of the infant gut microbiome.

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Quick Summary: During vaginal birth, human babies acquire beneficial gut microbes from contact with the Mum’s poop (a good thing). Whereas a new study finds squash bug nymphs do not acquire any beneficial bacteria from their parents when first born, leaving them vulnerable… Read this blog-post to find out exactly why human poop during birth really matters — and why I think this shouldn’t be a dirty secret!

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Quick question…. What’s the difference between human babies and squash bugs (a common agricultural pest)?

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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