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The Baby Tribe
S3E17: From Myths to Facts: Baby Gut Health Explained

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Unravel the mysteries of your baby’s gut health and leave behind the myths that cause undue worry. In this episode, we shine a light on the fascinating journey of a baby’s microbiome, from birth through the first year of life. With Anne Doherty joining me as co-host for the summer, we offer both scientific insights and warm anecdotes from our family life, making complex information accessible and relatable. Join us as we recount our children's delightful summer activities and Anne's memorable first trip to Kuwait, blending science with heartwarming personal stories.

 Discover the critical stages of microbiome development in children during their first 24 months and learn how both cesarean sections and vaginal births influence gut health. We bust popular myths, explaining how the mode of delivery impacts the microbiome minimally in the long term. You'll also hear about the pivotal role of breastfeeding, the introduction of plant-based foods during weaning, and the significant contributions fathers make to their baby's microbiome.

 We venture into the practicalities of supporting a healthy infant microbiome, highlighting the importance of breastfeeding, avoiding smoking, and incorporating diverse, plant-based foods. Learn about the benefits and safety of probiotics, particularly for colic and reflux, and why vaginal seeding may not be the solution it’s often touted to be. Finally, we reflect on the deeper ties that connect us all, sharing a poignant story that underscores our shared humanity and the universal experiences that bind us together.

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