"Vaginal seeding" could transmit illness, ACOG says

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Placing vaginal fluid in your child after start in an try to spice up his immunity (a course of generally known as “vaginal seeding”) is doubtlessly harmful and needs to be prevented, says the American School of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

The more and more standard pattern includes soaking a cotton swab in a mom’s vaginal fluid following a C-section, and wiping it over the child’s mouth, nostril or pores and skin. The objective is to “seed” the toddler with useful microbes from the start canal which can be thought to assist shield infants from bronchial asthma, allergic reactions, and different immune problems.


Throughout common supply, infants are uncovered to vaginal microbes throughout the labor course of, serving to to stimulate their immune methods, in line with the ACOG committee that issued steering on the matter. Infants born through c-section and earlier than the mother’s water breaks miss out on this publicity, the committee stated. In consequence, some scientists consider C-sections could be contributing to an increase in immune problems amongst kids, though this concept hasn’t been confirmed.

The issue is, there’s no proof that vaginal seeding works. Extra worrying, the process may very well be dangerous, the committee acknowledged. Mothers who switch vaginal fluid to their infants on this manner could find yourself unwittingly passing alongside harmful micro organism and viruses, together with sexually transmitted illnesses, the ACOG committee stated.

Fortunately, there’s a easy and fewer gooey various. Breastfeeding your little one for the primary 6 months of life additionally bolsters your little one’s immunity and encourages the expansion of useful microbes within the intestine, ACOG stated. Six months into breastfeeding, your little one ought to have the identical microbial defenses as kids born vaginally, a lead committee member acknowledged.

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