Throw it back 14 months and you’d find me hooked up to a hospital grade breast pump desperately hoping a sudden influx of milk would arrive so I could feed my child what I believed to be best. And when it didn’t happen, I beat myself up that that was the reason he had colic, chest infections and tummy bugs.
But a year on and a course of probiotics later, I’m starting to feel at ease with our feeding journey.
Why did I decide to try Probiotics for my baby?
I’d heard of probiotics, in fact I’d had them, many times over the years, mainly in the form of those little yogurt drinks. But the first time I’d read about them for children’s gut health was via a Nature Docs post. The extract that grabbed me, follows-
“Building a healthy microbiome is critical in the very early days to establish a healthy immune system, that not only prevents serious infections but is also thought to help prevent things such as allergies, eczema, asthma, autoimmune conditions like type 1 diabetes and even neurodevelopmental issues like autism and ADHD”
Ace suffers with eczema, suspected asthma and thanks to a series of anti-biotics and tummy bugs, a short lived diary intolerance, thought to have been triggered by the lack of good bacteria in his gut. If there was ever a time to try them, it was now.
So I dropped Lucy Malone a message, and she kindly sent me a list of baby probiotics to try. Nutritionist Lucy, holds great weaning workshops, one of which I attended last Spring, which you can read about here.
Which Probiotic did I choose?
I opted for OptiBac , the most reasonably priced of the bunch and easily available. You can even pick it up on Amazon, but you can take best advantage of their offers by buying direct.
A powdered formula, it’s packaged in individual sachets making it easy to take when travelling. It also doesn’t need refrigerating and is suitable for vegetarians and those allergic to gluten.
It’s described as “A high quality live cultures supplement with FOS, clinically trialled in infants and school-aged children. Contains B. infantis Rosell-33, L. acidophilus Rosell-5 and B. bifidum Rosell-71.”
How do you give a baby probiotics?
Thankfully it’s been super easy! I mix the sachet with Aces morning milk or bowl of porridge at breakfast time. The powder dissolves completely and it passes through a teat easily- and doesn’t alter its taste! However, it is recommended you wait until milk is cooled to room temperature before adding to ensure full viability of natural bacteria. For breast-feed babies, you can apply to the nipple or give on a clean finger.
It’s suggested pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under 3 have 1 sachet a day, with children between ages 3 and 12, can have up to two sachets a day.
Do baby probiotics work?
Six weeks in, and I believe I can see an improvement in Aces ailments. His eczema hasn’t disappeared entirely but greatly improved and his dairy intolerance is no more. Of course, I can’t comment on his suspected asthma as he’s also under medical treatment, but perhaps it’s helped there too.
For around 50p a day, it’s an investment I’m willing to try.
And if (when?!) we have another, I’d plan to take them myself during pregnancy and begin at birth for the new addition. It would be interesting to see if they help beat colic!
Have you tried baby probiotics or would consider trying them?