Benefits of Probiotics for Moms and Breastfeeding Infants – DrFormulas

Benefits of Probiotics for Moms and Breastfeeding Infants

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You’ll never see them, but your gastrointestinal tract is home to trillions of microscopic organisms that help to keep your body healthy. The gut, which has more than 400 different forms of beneficial bacteria, needs probiotics to stay regular and to help support the immune system. The problem is, with time your delicate micro bacteria ecosystem can become unbalanced and the bad bacteria can take over. Levels of probiotics in people’s gut tends to decline with age and can worsen if:

  1. You don’t maintain a healthy diet. Probiotics love fiber but our food supply has become so processed that most of the fiber is taken out before food makes it into your mouth. Not only that but what you drink also impacts your gut microbes. Studies have shown that switching from sugary beverages to low-calorie diet beverages has vast effects on the gut microbiome.
  2. You have recently been ill. Illness wreaks havoc on our immune system. Diets undergo drastic changes and mobility is limited. These kinds of sudden changes to your lifestyle can impact the probiotics in your gut.
  3. You’ve recently taken a course of antibiotics. Antibiotics are commonly prescribed during pregnancy. Between 15-35% of pregnant women are colonized by Group B Strep (GBS) bacteria.Fortunately, you can prevent this from happening by taking a probiotic supplement that is abundant in gut-friendly microorganisms.

Maintaining your health during pregnancy and breastfeeding is vital for you and your growing infant. But is it safe to take probiotics during these times? The answer is yes. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), there is not risk to your health or your children health if you take probiotics while you are expecting or are breastfeeding[2].

 

The Benefits of a Probiotic Supplement While Pregnant

One of the main benefits of taking a probiotic supplement while you are pregnant is that it may reduce the incidence of allergies during childhood and later in life. An infant acquires his or her initial intestinal flora from the mother’s birth canal[3] during birth. If the mother’s microbacteria are imbalanced, so will the babies. This initial bacterial colonization is crucial because it sets the stage for the maintenance of a stable balance of intestinal flora throughout adult life[4].

The earliest colonizing bacteria include Escherichia, and Enterococcus, which will help to develop the right environment for other beneficial bacteria such as Bifidobacteria[5].  Women who take a probiotic supplement during pregnancy may reduce their child’s risk of conditions such as asthma[6] and eczema[7], while also boosting the child’s immune system[8].

Nexabiotic Multi Probiotic by DrFormulas can help pregnant women ensure that they have best probiotics for their infants. During childbirth those probiotics will colonize the baby. Nexabiotic Multi-Probiotic may help babies have right balance of intestinal microflora by providing Lactobacillus acidophilus, which helps to support a healthy immune system[9], and Bifidobacterium infantis, which is one of the earliest colonizers of babies.

If you've already given birth and did not use probiotics don’t worry! Nexabiotic Probiotic Powder for babies and kids can provide your little one with the probiotics they need to have a healthy immune system. The capsules in Nexabiotic Probiotic Powder are conveniently pre-dosed capsules with 23 different species of probiotics that you can open, empty, and mix into water, formula, milk, or food.

 

The Benefits of a Probiotic Supplement While Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is beneficial for both you and your baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that you continue to breastfeed your baby for at least the first six months of their life. This is because breast milk is much better for your baby than formula. It contains all the nutrients that are vital for your growing child during the first six months of life. Breast milk is also rich in substances that help stave of disease and infection and boost your child’s immune system. Breastfeeding for at least the first six months can protect your baby from illnesses; such as respiratory illnesses, stomach viruses, meningitis, and ear infections. You can especially help you protect your newborn from illnesses if you have been taking a probiotic supplement during pregnancy and continue to take it while you are nursing. This is because you can pass on the beneficial bacteria to your baby, via your breast milk[10]

 What are the benefits of probiotics for babies and mothers

Building up Your Baby’s Immune System

Lactobacillus acidophilus[11], Lactobacillus brevis[12], and Lactobacillus helveticus[13] are a probiotic strain which all help to boost the immune system. These forms of beneficial microflora are acid-resistant, which means they can effectively tolerate stomach acid. By populating the lining of your small intestine, they work to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria which weaken the digestive and immune systems. When passed on in breast milk, they can have the same benefits for your growing child.

Keeping Colic at Bay

Around 25 percent of babies suffer from colic[14] during the first six months of their lives. It can be a very distressing condition for mothers and babies. Many clinical researchers believe that colic may be caused by lactose intolerance, allergies, or an imbalance of healthy bacteria found in the infant’s digestive system[15]. Studies show that probiotics, particularly Bifidobacterium longum can help reduce the risk of colic in babies[16]. Introducing a probiotics supplement into your diet can help strengthen your child’s resistance to said illness.

 

Avoiding Constipation and Diarrhea

Although it is not common, infant constipation can be caused by allergies or a growing digestive system that is not populated by healthy microflora. Nursing mothers who are taking a probiotic supplement containing strains such as Lactobacillus reuteri[17] can help their infants avoid constipation and diarrhea because the beneficial bacteria aid the breakdown of food and the absorption of nutrients, keeping bowel movements regular[18]

 

Producing B Vitamins

Pregnant and nursing mothers need vitamin B. During pregnancy, it can help prevent morning sickness and help with healthy development of the baby’s brain and nervous system[19]. An infant needs B vitamins to metabolize milk properly and to enhance their nervous and immune systems.  Probiotics such as L. helveticus, Lactobacillus brevis, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, and Lactobacillus casei can help produce B vitamins because of their lactic acid producing bacteria[20].

 

Preventing Yeast Diaper Rash

If your baby is taking antibiotics, or you are taking this medication while breast feeding, both you and your child are more susceptible to yeast infections. The reason for this is that as well as killing the harmful bacteria, antibiotics also kill the good bacteria that prevent overgrowth of yeast. Without the presence of this beneficial microflora, yeast can flourish. This may lead to a yeast diaper rash. If you or your child are taking antibiotics, you can help lower the chances of getting this by taking a probiotic supplement that contains sources such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus Bifidobacterium both of which inhibit the growth of yeast[21]. ­Make sure to take your probiotic supplement at least two hours after your antibiotics to avoid the beneficial bacteria being killed by the medication.

Nexabiotic Multi Probiotic by DrFormulas can keep you and your growing child healthy through pregnancy and while you are breastfeeding. This is because of its proprietary blend of 23 different probiotics. Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum and Saccharomyces boulardii are just three of the active probiotic strains that can help to strengthen your infant’s immune system, promote healthy digestion and metabolism, and help lower the chances of developing allergies in childhood and through adult life.

 

 

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC88893/

[2] http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/probiotics-during-pregnancy/

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4464665/

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4340742/

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10232646/

[6] http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/08/13/peds.2013-0246

[7] http://adc.bmj.com/content/archdischild/early/2014/06/19/archdischild-2013-305799.full.pdf

[8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4464665/

[9] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC207122/

[10] https://breastfeedingusa.org/content/article/probiotics-and-breastfed-infant

[11] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC207122/

[12] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8829098

[13]  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814604004558

[14] http://americanpregnancy.org/first-year-of-life/colic/

[15] http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/colic/basics/causes/con-20019091

[16] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28558732

[17] http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/L.-reuteri-benefits-chronic-infant-constipation-finds-Italian-study

[18] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4951383/

[19] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4561829/

[20] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2672.2011.05157.x/full

[21] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC207122/

 

 


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