Originally Posted by Panserbjørne
just out of curiosity...how are you evaluating that gut flora is an issue? Not saying it's not, of course. Just wondering how you are determining that the flora was compromised by birth, or even that it's the primary issue?
Totally realizing all things "leaky gut" and "gut flora" related are the subject of much debate, here goes . . .
She had major food intolerances from the start (via my diet through breastfeeding) presenting themselves as skin issues (rashes and hives), digestive issues (vomiting and bm issues), and developmental issues. Obviously I had a leaky gut if the proteins were getting into the milk, and things improved as I went on a severe elimination diet. It was hit or miss all the time I was nursing, including bouts on SCD, FAILSAFE, and other diets. We did stabalize on a pretty severe diet restriction protocol, but as she started solids (while still nursing), it became clear there was more to it than what I had previously isolated in my diet.
13 months ago we stumbled our way into the world of oxalates, and discovered that to be a huge issue for her. She has made major gains on a lower oxalate diet with the use of lots of probiotics and enzymes. We still avoid dairy, gluten, and soy along with the low oxalate parameters, but she at least is growing and speaking now. There isn't a lot of research on oxalates, but of what exists, there is a fair amount showing correlation between the lack of certain intestinal bacteria and the inability to degrade oxalates, so I do think that is an issue for her.
Not sure if that answered your question of not, but hopefully so! I spent many hours here at mdc in the early days reading on the "healing the gut" tribe and learning from many helpful mamas! I don't suspect that the waterbirth was the only issue going on (clearly if I had a leaky gut after birth I didn't have all the good bugs I could have/should have), but I do wonder if it contributed.