Originally Posted by paquerette
How does meconium have e coli? I thought babies guts weren't colonized with anything until after birth.
DD and I were covered with mec, but she just got a gentle wipe-down from daddy and the mw apprentice. I don't consider that a bath. She still had lots of vernix left underneath that.
I think she said it was a great "breeding ground" for E. coli rather than that it contains E. coli. It does not, you're right, unless there is an infection of some kind. Poo is kind of E. coli's natural habitat though, so I don't necessarily disgree that it's a breeding ground for bacteria. That said, all human tissue/fluids etc are breeding grounds for bacteria and this isn't a bad thing. Hell, hospital disinfectants are breeding grounds for some bacteria.
All I know is this: My first was a post dates pit induction. He was born after 7 hours of labour and latched on without a hitch less than 20 minutes after he was born. Everything that needed doing to him happened on my chest. We were not separated until he was weighed something like 2-3 hours after he was born. The next separation happened when I showered and he was bathed. After that scream fest, I tried to nurse him and he had trouble latching. This is where the trouble started for us. I got engorged, he wouldn't latch, he got jaundiced and sleepy etc.
My 2nd was born at 42weeks. Again he was born and went straight to the breast. He pretty much camped out there for the first 2 weeks, but I digress
. He was not bathed until he was 7ish hours old. I didn't shower at all until the next day as I came home that night. I showered the next morning. This baby had no latching issues and while he did have a little touch of jaundice, it was nowhere near as bad as his brothers. He was not in the least bit sleepy.
This of course is all anecdotal and the jaundice with the first could have been due in part to the pit, but the research and data backs up my anecdotal evidence