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The Critical Importance of ‘Seeding and Feeding’ a Baby’s Microbiome for Lifelong Health

by Toni Harman, BA
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 ACM CPD Hours, 1 ACNM
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: Yes

MICROBIRTH filmmaker and author Toni Harman explains the microscopic events happening during physiological birth and breastfeeding. When a baby is born, the infant acquires bacteria from the mother’s birth canal, from contact with the mother’s fecal matter, from skin-to-skin contact, from other environmental exposures and from breast milk. The special sugars in human breast milk then feed the bacteria that have come from the mother to quickly colonise the baby’s gut, thus ensuring the optimal training of the infant immune system. However, C-section, antibiotics and formula feeding can impact these natural biological processes with ramifications for a child’s lifelong health.

Learning Objectives:

1. Define the human microbiome.

2. Describe the ‘main seeding event’ for founding the baby’s microbiome during vaginal birth.

3. List at least five places from which the baby might acquire microbes in the narrow window that surrounds birth.

4. Describe how the microbial components of breast milk help ‘feed’ a baby’s microbiome.

5. Describe the process by which microbes help train the infant immune system.

Presentations: 9  |  Hours / CE Credits:  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks