*Fluffy Bunnies - posted on 05/24/2012 ( 16 moms have responded )
"A new study finds that babies born by c-section are twice as likely to be obese by age 3 as those delivered vaginally."
Do you think c-sections could lead to childhood obesity?
Edited to add:
Explanation from the article.
"Why? It might have something to do with how delivery affects the makeup of bacteria that populate infants’ digestive tracts. During their first year of life, infants born by c-section tend to have higher quantities of Firmicutes bacteria in their guts. Studies show that these bacteria can influence weight: obese adults tend to have more Firmicutes than any other species of gut bacteria, and research in mice finds that reducing the amount of gut Firmicutes lowers animals’ risk of weight gain.
Infants born vaginally are exposed to their mother’s vaginal microbes, while those born by c-section are not. Further, it’s possible that the antibiotics used during Cesarean delivery also influences the population of infants’ gut bugs, which can in turn impact babies’ weight."