UK doctors are warning against the growing trend of vaginal seeding for babies born by caesarean.
The procedure involves using a swab of vaginal fluid to coat the babies skin. It is intended to replicate the experience of being coated with vaginal bacteria which babies born through the vagina experience.
The idea is that it helps the immune system and lowers the risk of allergies.
However, doctors say there is simply not enough research to know if this procedure is helpful. The fear is that it could increase the risk of infections being passed on to the baby including E. coli and sexually transmitted diseases.
Instead mothers are encouraged to breastfeed as this has been proven to provide health benefits to the babies immune system.
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