The Critical Importance Of 'Seeding And Feeding' A Baby's Microbiome For Lifelong Health

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 9:00am

MICROBIRTH filmmaker and author Toni Harman explains the microscopic events happening during physiological birth and breastfeeding. When a baby is born, the infant acquires bacteria from the mother’s birth canal, from contact with the mother’s fecal matter, from skin-to-skin contact, from other environmental exposures and from breast milk. The special sugars in human breast milk then feed the bacteria that have come from the mother to quickly colonise the baby’s gut, thus ensuring the optimal training of the infant immune system. However, C-section, antibiotics and formula feeding can impact these natural biological processes with ramifications for a child’s lifelong health.


Toni Harman

Toni Harman, filmmaker, founder of Microbiome online courses: A graduate of the London Film School, Toni Harman has produced and directed a number of internationally distributed documentary films including MICROBIRTH, about the origins of the human microbiome, FREEDOM FOR BIRTH, about the struggle for women's rights in childbirth and DOULA!, about the work of birth and postnatal doulas.
In 2017, Toni founded MICROBIOME COURSES, an online digital school now with over 33,000 enrolled students. The school offers accredited digital courses for midwives, doulas, lactation consultants and childbirth educators and covers topics on the infant microbiome, epigenetics, group B Strep and the science of breast milk. For more information, go to . Her session is entitled "The Critical Importance Of 'Seeding And Feeding' A Baby's Microbiome For Lifelong Health"