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Study: Formula, C-Section Babies May Lack ‘Good’ Bacteria

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A new study published this week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests that babies born by cesarean section have fewer “good” bacteria in their digestive tract, reports HealthDay.

The study also found that babies who were formula-fed or fed a combination of breast milk and formula, had different intestinal microbiota from exclusively breast-fed babies.

Plus: Combining Breast and Bottle Feeding

With the number of C-section births at record highs — nearly one-third of all U.S. babies are born by cesarean — more research is still needed to see how this will affect the health of these children in the long run. 

"We speculate that our observations may lead to poor health in later life," said study senior author Anita Kozyrskyj.

Plus:  C-Sections: What you Need To Know