Healthy Kids

How To Give Your Baby Probiotics

One of the most asked questions I get in my inbox is how to give a baby probiotics. More and more parents are getting educated and waking up to the fact that gut health is the foundation of all health and that if the bad bacteria takes over in your digestive system, you are pretty much screwed.

But rest easy, it can be fixed with the right tools and some hard work!

In a magic perfect world, pregnant mama would be eating a perfect, nutrient dense diet full of raw, cultured dairy, and fermented drinks and vegetables-both full of probiotics, eating little to no grains and sugar and would have perfect digestion. She would have medium brown poop, that floats, and she would go three times a day after every meal. That she, then in turn, would pass that perfect digestion on to her baby, via the bacteria in amniotic fluid and in her vagina when she gives birth.

But the sad reality is that most women have been on the SAD (Standard American Diet) diet for years. They eat lots of grains and sugars that feed the bad bacteria, which also means that not only do not get enough nutrients going in their bodies in the first place, their digestion is so poor they can’t absorb it anyway. And on top of poor diet, they have probably been on birth control for many years and done many rounds of antibiotics, further wiping out the good bacteria in their gut.

And then that gets all passed to the baby. The quality of digestion and amount of good bacteria in mom is exactly what is given to baby, for better or worse.

Babies are not supposed to have allergies, eczema, colic, or gas

They are not supposed to be constipated for days or have ridiculous blow out poops. They are not supposed to be insanely fussy after a feeding and spit up like crazy. They are not supposed to get lots of colds, fevers, or have weak immune systems overall. They are not supposed to be skinny either.

Another sad fact to add and complicate matters – babies who are not born vaginally don’t get access to the good bacteria in mom’s vagina (if she has them in the first place) and instead that baby has to try to inoculate their system based on a sterile operating room. Then if those babies are fed formula or poor quality breastmilk, as their first food, the bad bacteria has such a leg up at that point, that a life time battle has been set up for that baby to keep the bad bacteria in their system in check.

Ugh, I know this is kind of depressing and hard to read especially if you are like me and were not able to give your baby perfect digestion, but keep reading please.

So what to do if you had a poor diet in pregnancy, or maybe you had a great diet in pregnancy, but you yourself were gifted with a weak and compromised digestion system from your own mother and you passed that on to your baby?

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Give them Probiotics

If your baby is colicky or has any other healthy issues, and you are nursing, it would be great to improve your diet too. If you can, get off grains or at least gluten, get off white sugar, get off processed dairy (and even raw for awhile)-all things that feed the bad bugs. You will see a huge improvement in your digestion, and thus the quality of your milk and ease for your baby to digest your milk. If you and your baby still need more  healing, you might want to consider doing a heavy duty-yeast cleanse/gut healing a la the GAPS Diet.

To get probiotics in your diet, you can start taking probiotics supplements, and start eating and drinking raw fermented foods.

You want to change your diet, because what you eat, and the state of your digestion, is what you are giving your baby both in pregnancy and during lactation! Your body doesn’t magically pull nutrients out of thin air and it doesn’t magically pull good bacteria out of thin air either.

And then to further support your babies digestion, give them probiotic as well. Some people have asked why they should give probiotics to baby if they are breastfeeding and taking probiotics themselves and my very unfancy answer is that they need all the help they can get. The age of the robust babies ended at about the 1950’s and since then each generation is just getting weaker and digestion more and more compromised.

This is what you can do to give your baby probiotics starting at about day 3:

-Put some fermented sauerkraut liquid on your finger and let them suck.

-Put some powdered probiotics on your finger and let them suck. Or put it on your nipple. Or just sprinkle it on their tongue.

-If you are bottle nursing, just put some in a bottle and mix it up.

For the first 8 weeks, just a tiny pinch will do. Then at about 3 months old, you can do 1/4 teaspoon once per day. Gradually increase as they get older, Penelope at 3.5 years old, gets 3/4 teaspoon of powdered probiotics each day, on top of about 4 ounces of kombucha. I give her probiotics in the morning when she first wakes up on an empty stomach.

Any good quality powdered probiotics will do, it doesn’t even have to be specifically branded for children. Here and here (both of those are dairy and gluten free) are a couple that I have tried.

When I was pregnant with Penelope I ate pretty well (organic foods, grass-fed meats, raw dairy), but my diet was still high in grains and sugar. And I had a compromised digestive system to start off with thanks to the digestion I inherited from my mother and  from myself being born by cesarean.

On top of that, I had a bad sinus infection in the last few weeks or so before I gave birth. I was convinced she wasn’t coming out, because I was sick, so I succumbed and took a round of antibiotics. I was on antibiotics for the several days before I gave birth and for about 5 days after I gave birth. I will forever feel guilty for wiping out my own good bacteria right before I gave birth and hurting my daughter in the process. I know her eczema, food allergies and now SPD are all related to the digestion system that I gave her. I can’t undo the past but I can help my daughter heal as much as possible and giving her probiotics is as simple as it gets. And I can forgive myself and just keep moving in the right direction, one foot in front of the other, knowing that everything happens for a reason and is meant to be.

If you give your baby probiotics, please join the Mama and Baby Love community by sharing in the comment section below, your story and experience will so help other mamas out.

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  • Maya
    July 31, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. I am going through a very similar situation with my four month old daughter. I am reading your old posts because we have had so many of the same issues! She had tongue tie and torticollis – neither of these were diagnosed until she was 4 and 6 weeks, respectively. She also had mutiple episodes of refusing to feed and we suspect food allergies. I pumped and bottle fed for her until 11 weeks at which time she finally began to breastfeed and she is exclusively breastfed now. She has thrush on her tongue which I cannot eliminate using natural cures (apple cider vinegar, coconut oil). I am reluctant to give her the antifungal prescription, so will try a few more natural cures first. I was on antibiotics during the birth (GBS+) and unfortunately, had to supplement her with commercial formula a few times in the beginning when my supply was too low due to the tongue tie. I am worried now that she has gut problems. We haven’t been able to identify the allergen that is bothering her, despite being on an elimination diet for over two months now. She is our first child and we have had to overcome one issue after another. But reading your blog gives me hope, so thank you.

    • Stephanie
      August 1, 2013 at 1:32 AM

      Hugs to you mama. It’s a tough road when it’s one thing after the other. We just found out Penelope has Sensory Processing Disorder and I feel like the kid just can not catch a break, but it could always be worse and we are very, very blessed. Her gut sounds like it is compromised for sure. Look into NAET Therapy for allergy treatment. It’s a non invasive way to test for allergy and it can heal them.

      • Christiana
        July 16, 2016 at 4:52 PM

        Wow that’s awesome that you mentioned NAET! It is SUCH a blessing and I hardly ever hear it talked about. I know an AMAZING NAET practitioner, if you ever want to interview someone for a more indepth post on that. AMAZING stuff! I don’t know how it works but it does. Just blows my mind!!!

      • Jenny
        August 30, 2016 at 4:17 PM

        Love the article! Have a newborn 5wk premature and wondering what brand and strain of probiotics you take/gove/recommend? I have always taken nature’s bounty/3 strain lactobacillis, as well as align/bifantis and culturelle/lacto acidoph. I will buy baby probiotcs if needed, but would be interested in sharing mine with him if possible.

    • Mary
      June 17, 2015 at 4:20 PM

      Thank you for sharing your story. I too have a son with TT and just started probiotics. Your story gives me hope that we will get back to breastfeeding (without the shield).

  • Kate
    July 31, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Thank you for this post! My daughter has food allergies (peanut, egg, and soy) and is sensitive to gluten and dairy, so I cut those out as well. She had terrible eczema from about 4-12 months. She’s been getting probiotics since she was a baby. It was easy to give it to her as a baby, I just mixed in her bottles (her eczema was so bad that despite my being off all food that contained nuts, eggs, soy, dairy, and gluten I had to stop breastfeeding her and put her on a special formula), now I mix it in her coconut milk yogurt. Anyway, when I think about what I ate and did during my pregnancy (lots of grains and sugars, not as organic as I eat now, I had antibiotics right before giving birth, and I had to have a c-section) it all makes sense. I hope to be lucky enough to have a second child so what better time than now to get my body ready? I’ve tried kombucha before and wasn’t too crazy about it but it wasn’t terrible. I hope my daughter likes it because she’ll be getting some too!

    • Stephanie
      August 1, 2013 at 1:34 AM

      Thanks for for reading! And so happy to hear you want to get healthier and eat better. The recommendations in the post about diet is what I would do to get ready for your next baby.

    • stacy
      April 27, 2015 at 5:28 PM

      What formula did you use?

  • Tesse
    July 31, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    What’s your opinion on the biogaia probiotic drops for infants? (Gerber just bought the company). My pediatrician recommended them and so far, in conjunction with cutting out dairy and soy from my diet, our 10 week old’s digestive squirmies seem to be less intense..

    • Stephanie
      August 1, 2013 at 1:27 AM

      I have not heard of that brand, sorry.

    • Michelle
      January 18, 2016 at 8:27 PM

      Its the Gerber Soothe brand and fairyl commonly used and i would think the most commonly heard of. I have been told, as i am certainly not an expert, that the best ones to take have to be refrigerated. Gerber’s do not.

  • Rachel
    July 31, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    I really enjoy reading this blog even though I often disagree with the advice, but the recommendation to give probiotics to a newborn literally makes me want to scream. I understand the desire in the abstract to help a newborn’s gut health, but the American Pediatrican Association, LLL, and ILCBC board exams are all in agreement that breastmilk alone is the best thing for newborns and babies. The first thing which enters a baby’s gut besides breastmilk, be it formula or sugar water or probiotics, changes the composition of the gut and increases the risk of infection. A single dose of sugar water forever changes the gut of a newborn, and probiotics do the exact same thing.

    Probiotics are basically unregulated in the United States. If you happen to buy a bottle which is contaminated and give it to your 3 day old they risk serious illness or death even though your adult body might easily process the toxins. Just for comparison, women in Japan are told to avoid prenatal vitamins because the risk of getting a contaminated bottle is too high to make the benefits worth it to the general population (i.e. the 1 in a 1000 bottle which comes out with high arsenic is more dangerous to the one woman who consumes it than the benefit to the 999 other women). European women are routinely told to avoid American vitamins. I understand that these companies promise quality control but that is self-enforced, and these vitamins are produced in the very type of large factories we dislike so much for regular food. Please, please, please talk to a doctor or lactation consultant before offering your newborn any supplement, and if they get sick tell their doctor immediately what they have been taking.

    • Stephanie
      August 1, 2013 at 10:24 PM

      Let’s be clear, I am not saying to give a baby probiotics without giving them milk first. At three days (after only giving breastmilk) you can introduce probiotics just fine. I don’t know what the APA’s official stance on probiotics is, but I don’t care. Their recommendation carries no weight in my book, they are totally behind on current research and influnced by lobbyists and other companies who make money in the medical world. I personally know many LLL leaders and IBCLC’s who recommend probiotics. So while I appreciate you reading and commmenting, you are just plain wrong. Probiotics do change the gut of a newborn, and they only change it for the good.

      While you do have a valid point about probiotic supplements being unregulated, I still feel comfortable giving my daughter a supplement from a brand I know and trust. Any parent with half a brain can research and contact a company to get all the information they need to be able to make an informed decision about what brand is safe. And I also list several other ways of getting probiotics into your new born, like kombucha and saurerkraut. In other parts of the world, babies are just encouraged to eat dirt and put dirty things in their mouths to get the bacteria they need to incoulate their system and build their immune system, so that is always an option for the very brave.

  • Katrina
    August 1, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    Okay, this post has given me a lot to digest. (sorry, just couldn’t resist that pun!)

    Anyway, I’m a bit overwhelmed by all of this. I’ve seriously never heard of any of this “gut” problem stuff, although I have heard the word Probiotic – just never knew what it meant. I’ve never had any issues with any of my babies with any kind of feeding, eczema, food allergies, acid reflux, colic, etc. so I suppose I never had a reason to look for any answers. My babies have all been 8 to 10 pounds at birth, all have been chubby and healthy as newborns and infants. All nine of them. I don’t eat grassfed or organic during pregnancy. I do take prenatal vitamins and supplements that my midwife puts me on, but other than that, I am very ignorant to eating healthy (except for the tired and true “eat your fruits and veggies”) and so after reading this, I don’t know how in the world I got so lucky with my kids’ health. I do have one child who must have some sort of allergy because he wakes up with a stuffy nose and he sneezes a lot because of it, and it pretty much continues all throughout the day. I know I should take him in to be checked for things he could be allergic to, but other than the stuffy nose he has no other symptoms. He’s a very healthy kid, never sick. Would probiotics help with something like that? I wish I could figure it out myself so that I could avoid all the testing that an allergist would put him through.

    This is a very interesting post and I’m really going to look into probiotics for our family. Thank you for sharing this information 🙂

    • Stephanie
      August 1, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      I know, this post is a lot to swallow and digest. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, and make anyone feel guilty, but I hope by now, everyone knows I am just sharing information and not trying to make anyone feel bad about life choices.

      Stuffy nose and congestion is a common sign of allergies, but there are so many minute and hard to detect ones too. For example, lymph nodes swelling, you can feel them on your child if you know what a normal lymph feels like but it’s hard for most parents to catch something like that. Or behavior and moods can be a sign of gut imbalance and allergies. Sleep patterns, dark circles under the eyes, and on and on, I mean just all kinds of things. So my point is, your kids may have a lot more things going on that you realize, that you might have just summed up to normal kid stuff, but really is a very subtle reaction to food.

      You could also be someone that has a very strong and healthy DNA lineage, who inherted good digestion and you in turn passed on good digestion to your kids despite poor eating habits. I think about my Dad, who does not eat well, but was born in 1948, and my Grandma who grew up on a dairy farm breastfed him for several years and then he also lived on a dairy farm growing up and had access to home cooked, raw diary and meat from grassfed cows and chickens. So he is very healthy considering his adult diet, because of the strong foundation he was born with and had in his childhood. Same may be true for you.

      You might not notice anything with your kids, but if they keep up a diet of poor quality food, combined with antibiotics, things may pop in your grand children. Does that make sense?

      • Katrina
        August 3, 2013 at 5:13 PM

        It does. It makes perfect sense!
        Oh, and I didn’t know that poop was supposed to float! Why? What would make it float and what would make it sink? LOL Now you’ve got me talking about poop.

        • Stephanie
          August 4, 2013 at 6:58 PM

          Lol, the joys of motherhood, lots of conversations about poop! Yes, if it sinks it means one thing, if it’s different colors it means another, etc. It all depends on diet and state of digestion. I will try to find an easy to read resource for you.

          • Jules
            May 29, 2014 at 6:29 PM

            I was under the assumption poop should sink and if it floats your body is either not absorbing fat properly or there is too much fat in your diet.

          • Stephanie
            June 16, 2014 at 12:24 AM

            From what I understand, poop sinks when the body does not absorb the nutrients. The “weight” in the poop, that causes it to sink, is non-absorbed nutrients. If your body takes up everything it needs during the digestion process, the poop should be light and float.

  • Kaci
    August 1, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Thank you for this article. My son is 9 weeks old and I am breastfeeding. We both have had thrush since about 2 weeks old (I am worse than him) and it’s been upsetting to me. I feel terrible not only because I feel I’m doing something wrong but it hurts me to breastfeed him and pumping is worse. We are doing rounds of nystatin and rounds of diflucan and now I’m using coconut oil on my nipples as well as eating a tsp of it in my smoothie every morning. I also started on probiotics. He attends daycare full time so he gets three bottles a day. I will start sprinkling some of my probiotics into his bottles. I will also start giving my three year old the probiotics you suggested so thank you. What is kombucha? I have never heard of it. Thanks!

    • Stephanie
      August 1, 2013 at 9:41 PM

      Kombucha is a fermented drink full of probiotics and enzymes. Remember that diflucan and nystatin are antibiotics and are actually doing more damage than helping. I would stop the antibiotics and just focus on building up good gut flora by doing a serious yeast cleanse. You will need to cut out all fruit, starches, grain, dairy and of course sugar, anywhere from a week to 40 days. I have a sugar detox post in the archives that also goes over some supplements that are good for killing yeast. Oh, and use apple cider vinegar on your nipples, it will help kill the yeast. Good luck! Battling thrush SUCKS!

      • Erica B
        May 19, 2014 at 9:38 PM

        Do you leave the cider vinegar on or wipe off before nursing?

        • Stephanie
          May 20, 2014 at 4:34 PM

          Leave it on if you can. If baby doesn’t like the taste, you could wipe if off before feeding and then when feeding is over, put it back on and let nipples air dry.

    • Rhiannon
      August 28, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      Antibiotics will be no good against thrush (a fungal infection) and will make things worse by killing off the bacteria that keep the thrush fungus at bay.

  • Donna
    August 5, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    You are a smart cookie! And learning as you go (grow) about parenting. My children are all grown but my middle one did not like to sit on my lap and cuddle. I wish I had known about sensory issues. We were so dumb in 1975. But we felt we were smarter than our mothers. Heck, we had microwaves! Your information and wisdom is wonderful! I hope you reach a lot of new moms.

    • Stephanie
      August 6, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      Thanks Donna!

  • Andrea
    August 8, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    As a new mom to a 6 month old I really learn so much from your posts! I will definitely have to do some research on probiotics now and find one I like for my daughter.

    I also just wanted to say thanks for sticking up for natural mamas. My breastfed baby is 22 lbs at 6 months, off the charts for weight and people always ask me if she’s formula fed. A healthy baby is a chubby baby in my book! She’s never had an once of formula. And she has a bowel movement everyday which is very reassuring to me. I want to do everything I can to keep her digestive system in tip too shape. My husband and I are making a conscious decision to eat better and I have noticed my own digestion is doing better as well.

    Again, keep up the great work. Love these informative articles. They give me lots to think about!

    • Stephanie
      August 8, 2013 at 3:30 AM

      Thanks so much for reading! And if it makes you feel any better, Penelope was 22 pounds by 4 months! Keep up the good work mama!

  • Iris
    August 9, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Hi I’m agree with you! My baby was breech, so I had to have a c-section I gave her the raw probiotics but I never sow that one of the ingredients is inulin a fiber that make my baby to have pain for the move that the fiber cause.
    It is better to use just probiotics.

  • Rhiannon
    August 28, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    I’d be very chary of giving a young breastfed baby anything but breastmilk, to be honest. Fortunately breastmilk has nice probiiotic lactobacillus in it. Particularly if the mum takes probiotics.

    • Stephanie
      August 30, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      Unfortunatly, breast milk only has it in what it can gather from moms body, probiotics included. If mom’s digestion is poor, she not only passed on poor digestion to her baby-thus why they need all the extra help they can get with the extra probiotics, but she is not giving much to her baby if she doesn’t have good bacteria to give in the first place. I respect all mother’s instinct and if yours tell you not to give probiotics then by all means, listen to it, only you know what is best for your baby. But it is perfectly safe and very helpful thing to do to give probiotics the majority of the time.

      • Rhiannon
        August 31, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        It occurs to me that you could express some milk into a sterile container and drop a small amount of probiotics in, and culture it up a little, then smear a couple of drops of that on your nipple. That might be safer than the straight powder, as you’d dilute the bulking agents, and better than kombucha etc. because you wouldn’t be introducing foreign foods.

        My digestion is pretty good and I’ve been on a paleo-type diet for the past year and a bit. I was on antibiotics recently for mastitis but I’m making sure to make up for it with probiotics for myself, which I’m hoping will pass to my baby to compensate for anything she lost.

  • Gina
    September 2, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    What about probiotics from yogurt?

    • Stephanie
      September 3, 2013 at 1:43 AM

      Probiotics from yogurt is a great option, especially if you are making the yogurt at home with raw milk. The stuff at the store doesn’t really have anything in it at all, and the pasturization has killed any nutrients in the yogurt. I got a $25 yogurt maker from Walmart and it is super easy. Homemade keifer is even easier.

      • Sarah
        September 10, 2013 at 6:12 AM

        You should do a post on making your homemade yogurt!! I love yogurt & have been looking for a better alternative knowing the store bought isn’t optimal. If I have it with my eggs in the morning, it fills me up just right!

  • Amanda
    September 5, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Thank you for this post Stephanie! It’s so concise and exactly what I try and explain when a family member wonders why I am doing all these unconventional things for my baby boy! Wondering what the recommendations are for mommas who test positive for group b strep right before they give birth? I thankfully tested neg this time around and didn’t have to have the antibiotic drip but one day who knows? I want to do all I can to avoid antibiotics especially during such a crucial time. Do you know? Are there alternatives?

    • Stephanie
      September 5, 2013 at 2:53 AM

      You know that is a really good question. I think you can decline, but I will look into it more.

      • Amanda
        September 7, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        Found a detailed alternative protocol on the holistic squid blog 🙂 check it out.

  • Judy
    October 27, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Thank you so much for sharing! This hit the nail for our little 5 week old. Makes me feel better even after all the research my husband did and shared with me. Because you know no matter what he says, I always feel better when it comes from someone else! 😉

  • Brandy
    November 12, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Very interesting read! I began giving pureed fruits and veggies to my breastfed son at 6 months and ever since he has had problems with bowel movements and I am researching more holistic methods to fix this opposed to suppositories and tons of juice. So I’m considering beginning to take probitoics myself while nursing and giving them to him as well, any suggestions on specific brands? Thanks!

    • Stephanie
      November 13, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      Good for you! Check out the links in this post, those are some brands I like. 🙂

  • Tori
    November 14, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    I’m currently researching probiotics for my soon to be born little one and your post is very helpful. I was heartbroken to hear last week that I tested positive for GBS even after habiclens and tons of probiotics so I’m determined to make it right and start with probiotics from the get go.
    I recently read this new article in nature and found it very interesting. If the mice studies are at all relatable to our newborns, it looks like there is still a window for good gut cultivation within the first 3 weeks even if day one started with antibiotics or a c-section. I take heart in that. I’m hopeful that science is moving in the right direction so that our kids will not face the same kinds of antibiotic problems our generation faces.

    http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature12675.html
    And a summary here:
    http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/38187/title/Newborn-Immune-Systems-Suppressed/

  • Ashley
    December 14, 2013 at 3:36 AM

    Hi there, I have a two year old with eczema and we are pregnant with out next. We’ve been working on our little guy’s gut for most of his life..it’s tough. So, we are hoping to give the next little one a better start with probiotics from the beginning. Thanks so much for your information! Also, you mentioned Penelope’s SPD and I have to recommend you check out the Brainhighways program, if you havent already. I’m assuming you havent since she is still having sensory issues. I worked there when I lived in California (they have an online program for those who aren’t local) and it is an amazing program for resolving the issues your daughter faces. i hope you’ll look into it! Your daughter is so adorable, ps!

    • Stephanie
      December 17, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      I will look into it, thanks so much!

  • Klaudia Molnar
    March 5, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Loved your post. I just got told today by my chiropractor about giving a newborn probiotics and that is not very known around doctors. I will be delivering by C-Section and had no idea about great thing our vagina can do for our babies :D. So now I got a little worried, I don’t want my baby to be allergic to anything or weak so I will definitely follow your instructions and do a little more research on this. (If you have more pages please share!) Another question : I am from Hungary and there I used to eat tones sauerkraut unfortunately never learned how to make it , by any chance do you know how to make it? Same as pickles? I like it really sour. 🙂 or which type of stores can I get it? wholefoods? Thank you for your knowledge and advices!! K

  • nicole
    March 17, 2014 at 2:43 AM

    I would like to add probiotics to my diet and my 7 month old and 4 year old. Where do to purchase yours and what brand do you recommend?

    • Stephanie
      March 24, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      Hey Nicole. If you click on some of the links in this post they will take you to Amazon where you can get some. I have not found a probiotics brand that I love the most above all, but in general, you want to find a brand that is cold packed or in the fridge section of the natural grocery store. Has billions, not millions, of strains and that does not have dairy or gluten in it.

  • Heather
    March 18, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Hi! Thanks for this post!

    I was wondering how many probiotics get into the baby via breast milk which is how I ended up here. I have always loved yogurt and made my own off and on. Now I am adding kombucha and sauerkraut to my diet as well. I am having die-off symptoms and hope I am not moving too fast for my still breastfed 8 month old daughter.

    She was born via C-section after 44 hours of labor including 4 hours of pushing! I hope she was able to take those gulps to inoculate her gut while she was hanging out (stubbornly) in there. But unfortunately after C-section they routinely give anti-biotics to both mom and baby (at least they did with us, without asking). In addition a nurse put sugar on L’s pacifier (without asking) “so that she would take it and calm down”. L was born with jaundice, had a yeast infection at 1 month, and has had eczema since day 1. I hate this because I was so careful to eat so healthy for the whole pregnancy! I’m doing everything in my power to heal our family before we start experiencing even worse ailments. I hate how the medical community is so slow to adopt healthy practices (that go back thousands of years) simply because there isn’t enough research (well then do the research!), they are afraid it isn’t sterile (sterile = life-less) or there’s .01% chance of death (like there isn’t a higher risk with the drugs they use all the time)! I have been pushed too many times or given no options at all by doctors. I told while 7 weeks pregnant that flu shots are “one thousand percent safe” but my baby could die if I got the flu while pregnant “and you don’t want that”. Pure bullying! I’m not stupid just because I don’t have a medical degree! Give me the facts, the options, the real percentages, and then let me decide!

    Sorry, done venting…
    My real question is this: Next time it seems we need anti-biotics, are there any alternatives? Do you know of any, or anyone who has information about options?

    • Stephanie
      March 24, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      Hi Heather. So sorry to hear you have had to go through all that. It sounds like it was very stressful and violating and my heart goes out to you. I do think there are times when antibiotics are necessary, but it is not very often. My plan of action is always to do natural remedies first and see if I can kick whatever my body is fighting on its own. Then I pull out the big guns if I need them.

  • Liz
    March 18, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Hello, my 4 month old just had a terrible outbreak of eczema. I now realize that I probably did this to her with the rounds of antibiotics I have been on with mastitis, strep b, and c-section. Do you know about how long it takes to correct all of this damage?

    • Stephanie
      March 24, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      Well the antibiotics def didn’t help things (although I do think they are needed sometimes, you gotta pull out the big guns when you really need them for sure) but the eczema could be from food allergies. Try cutting out dairy, sugar, gluten, corn, soy and peanuts and see if it goes away. Then you could go to natropath, homeopath, or holistic healer like me have your baby muscled tested for allergies and see what the root cause is.

  • pk
    April 29, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Love your post. Just was wondering what amount you would suggest giving of the powder form to a 3 week old? I currently give my 2 year old culturelle kids(powder form) and was hoping to be able to use the same brand. Any thoughts? Thank you!

    • Stephanie
      April 29, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      Just a pinch. Then build up to 1/4 teaspoon by 12 weeks. I am not familiar with that brand, but in general I like brands with billions not millions of flora, and that are gluten free and dairy free.

  • Heather
    May 8, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Hi.

    My now 4 mth old baby girl was born via C-section in which I was given antibiotics intravenously so my poor baby got it too 🙁 She pooped in the sac and was pooping ALOT since…..she is breastfed…..her stools started turning yellow seed like but then she got colds (born week before Christmas) from her now 2 year old sister and her stools are back to being watery green and seedy……she has been battling yeast diaper rash since day 3 in the hospital….I have been trying probiotics (myself and baby), tried changing my diet to eliminate sugar and such, nystatin cream, olive oil, coconut oil, tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar…you name it I tried it…….this rash will NOT go away….I cry everyday…don’t know what to do…docs know nothing and want me to use an antibiotic cream and nystatin cream alternating every diaper…..HELP!!!!! The probiotic I give my little one is FLorababy—I noticed theres no Acidophilus in there…..should I get a separate supplement of that alone? How much should I give her?

    SO frustrated and feel helpless!!!!!!!! Please help me!

    • Stephanie
      May 9, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      So sorry mama! I feel ya, I do. It’s beyond stressful. Have you eliminated grains and dairy yet? She could have an allergy on top of her yeast overgrowth. If you want to do a session with me we can get to the bottom of it and do some healing/clearing of all the built up tension/stress in you and help you feel better too. I am doing half off Skype sessions in May in honor of Mother’s Day. 🙂

    • Amanda Krauskoff
      March 28, 2016 at 8:21 PM

      My son also battled THE WORST diaper rash coming home from the nicu. He got it in there and the nurse made some special concoction that took care of almost all of it but we ran out and it came back with a vengeance, open sores and all. I was told it was from wiping but we didn’t even wipe the poor guy! We washed his butt under warm water with soap everytime, let it air dry, and sometimes used the dry cloths and got them wet with warm water and used those because they had no chemicals in them that wipes do. The Dr finally prescribed bactrum (I think?), it’s basically extra strength neosporin. It took a few weeks but it worked and was the only thing that did! I tried making many of my own mixtures to no avail. Maybe try asking the Dr about that? Hope baby gets some relief soon. Also ask if it could be a staph infection? I was told to ask although that’s not what it was.

      • Stephanie
        April 6, 2016 at 5:53 AM

        Aw, hope your baby is feeling better soon! Hang in there mama! Hugs.

  • sarah
    May 17, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Hey Stephanie! Quick question.. I ordered the probiotics you have mentioned above, however it does mention on the label to start after 3.5 months.. Is it ok to give them to my 7 week old baby? Poor guy was born c-section, I had to be on abx for an incisional infection and now has developed eczema. Also, is it to late to inoculate him with my vaginal flora at this point? I follow a lot of your recommendations already but want to help my babe off to better start at life! Thank you!

    • Stephanie
      May 18, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      Yup, 7 weeks is just fine. Follow the dosages I mention in the post. The point is to go slow and introduce the good bacteria slowly and build up. Congrats on your new baby! And good job with the probiotics, you are doing great, mama!

  • Telina
    September 10, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    It doesn’t look like the brands you recommended come with an ice pack. Did you purchase them from Amazon, or through the companies directly? It is my understanding that if probiotics aren’t kept below 71 degrees, they can be ruined and be useless. Since it’s summer, I would only feel comfortable purchasing from a company that ships with some type of ice pack.

    • Stephanie
      September 11, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      The ones I mention are ones that have bought at a local health food store. I actually use a probiotic for myself that is shelf stable because it is formulated from dirt and not dairy (Prescript Assist.)

  • Mary
    September 23, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    I’m bipolar and my doctor and I decided it was far better for me to stay on my meds and not breastfeed than risk my mental stability when I had my kids. That being said I will always feel very guilty for not being able to give both of my boys my milk. With my oldest I went into labor before I could be tested for Strep B so I was given the antibiotic and with my youngest I tested positive, so again, antibiotic during birth (first was breech and cesarian, second was a beautiful vaginal birth). Both of my kids developed Keratosis Pilaris (skin condition often mistaken for acne or eczema) at exactly 4 months of age. Not only that, but I had it as a kid and still have it a bit in certain places. I do think the skin condition is genetic but do you think it is possible that it’s brought on by digestive issues? I did not develop it until I was 2 or 3, after a couple of ear infections and a horrible diet (despite the fact that I was breastfed). So many people have cured their KP with addressing a vitamin deficiency which never worked for me. My older son’s skin is improving at the age of 3 probably because he does have a very good diet. But my 6 month old has the horrible KP all over his face and it just breaks my heart. I have to give him formula, but do you think using a probiotic supplement would be enough to improve his skin? He’s so young and I hate seeing his beautiful face like this. Great post and thank you!

    • Stephanie
      September 29, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      Hi Mary. Thanks for sharing your story. You must, must read The GAPS Diet book. It can heal bi-polar and KP among other things!! As she describes in the book, they are all gut-based conditions that manifest differently in each person.

  • Precious
    September 23, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Is there any way to repair my 22 month olds little gut? I’ve started giving him probiotics just last week, but he’s had issues with severe eczema since shortly after birth and now has language/communication delays, and what I suspect to be SPD. I’m not expecting a miracle, do you think the probiotics would help him at all? I’m so overwhelmed right now…

    • Stephanie
      September 29, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      Hugs to you mama. Oh yes, they will help! Check out my client services page, would love to help you more.

  • Precious
    September 23, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Also, We’ve taken him to an allergist and he’s allergic to eggs, wheat, dairy, peanuts, and soy. I’ve had him free of all these foods for almost a year and his eczema is still terrible. All the time. His doctors can’t seem to help. Oddly enough, no one has ever mentioned probiotics.. 🙁

  • dawn
    October 1, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    What is your recommendation for preemies? My son was born last week at 29 weeks gestation. I’m thinking taking extra myself might be best. I’m not sure if I can give my son extra in his mouth.

    • Stephanie
      October 8, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Dosage would be the same as newborn, but give him newborn dosage for a bit longer. And yes, you for sure need some extra too! He will get the extra from your breastmilk if you are breastfeeding too.

  • Zhanna
    October 15, 2014 at 4:58 AM

    Hi Stephanie,
    Thanks a lot, I found your post very informative, educative and so so helpful. I have a son, who will be 8 in a month, and I remember when he was born just one week after being born (naturally) he developed horrible colics that made him cry for hours till he turned 5 months, I remember that time as very very stressful for both of us as I didn’t know how to help my baby with the tummy aches that he was experiencing.

    And years later I was told that my son must have had some allergy (he also had some skin rash) and that I should have been taking some bacterial supplements DURING my pregnancy and at certain times : 5 and 8 months into pregnancy.

    Do you have any info on this issue, I would greatly appreciate your advice, as we are planning to have one more baby and I am just literally scared if we have to go through the tummy aches again.
    Best regards,
    Zhanna

    • Stephanie
      October 15, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      If you search my archives and get on my email list I am always sharing good info about how to heal digestion. 🙂

  • Chantal
    November 30, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    I have a few questions:
    1. I’m giving my exclusively breastfed 4 month old probiotics at the recommendation of our lactation consultant (tongue and lip tied, weight gain issues) bc she’s on Zantac for reflux and also pooping an inordinate amount all day. Does it sound right that after 5 days of taking it she’s down to pooping just once a day a very thick yellow poop?
    2. Since she’s on her own probiotic, would me taking it be of any benefit to her?
    3. My almost 3 year old has even worse weight gain and to be honest not the best diet despite how hard we try (she loves her carb snacks). She also has mild excema. Would probiotics help her with these issues? If so, do you have a recommended brand for toddlers?

    • Stephanie
      December 1, 2014 at 6:10 AM

      Oh girl, you got a lot going on there. I wish I could give you all the answers in a two sentence blog post repsonse, but that would be doing you and your little ones such a diservice.
      Both your girls sound like they have major digestive/absorption issues. I would research the GAPS Diet. And yes, you should be taking probiotics, especially since they are having issues and it’s clear YOUR digestion is not steller (they get their digestion and health issues mostly from mama while in utero!)
      Real quick about picky eating-heads up that is a huge red flag for digestion issues and/or developmental issues, so keep your intuition on high alert for your three year old to see if anything else is going on. And make her LICK everything for now. Let her eat what she eats, but make her lick new things all day. Then start making her chew (tell her she can spit it out) and then eventually make her chew and swallow one bite, chew and swallow three bites, etc. It’s a long road, and digestion needs to be addressed but this at least addresses the outward/sensory issues of picky eating. Good luck mama! Check out my client services page if you need more one on one support.

  • Claudia
    December 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Hi Stephanie,
    I’m really glad i stumbled upon your articles, it’s a very good read. I’ve been reading about GAPS, gut dysbiosis, all started from my eczema, constipation, and all other antibiotics related problems. It’s really unfortunate that all doctors seem so uninformed and ready to just give you all sorts of pills and creams and they don’t take you seriously when you talk about an imbalance in your body. It has taken me years to document myself, and the inbalance in the flora makes a lot of sense. In the meanhwhile i became a proud mom, my little one is 11 month old. I’m afraid now that i passed onto him my weak flora. He had cradle cap and has almost always had rare stools, vomiting, eating solids is always a problem, starting ok but slowly degenerating, only preferring sweet and grainy foods, sleep issues, etc. Everybody tells me that that’s just the way babies are and he will grow out of it..which i kind of start to hate because it’s not getting better in time. I started eliminating dairy from my diet and that went well, now taking probiotics and sauerkraut in hopes of making some good for my little one (he was born naturally and exclusively breastfed until 6mo, i’m still breastfeeding). So here comes my question: at 11 months, is it too late to give him probiotics to help his flora? maybe some sauerkraut? Maybe i haven’t done enough reading, but i’m under the impression that some kind of “window of opportunity” has passed in the first months and now i would be just helping in a life-long battle of keeping the bad flora at bay, that he got from me and outgrew the good. Is it ok to give probiotics by myself? i’m in doubt that the pediatrician would say yes jsut because i documented myself on the internet..i hope i’m making sense here, i’m just trying to wrap my head around all the info, thank you for your patience in reading this

    • Stephanie
      December 17, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      Oh my gosh, it’s never too late to start healing your gut and adding in probiotics. I pray to God that my 68 year old father in law will wake up one day and start listening to me! LOL! But seriously, yes, best case scenario would be that you have only had prescription drugs a couple of times in your life, you ate really well your whole life and you yourself had awesome digestion with a great gut flora and passed that awesome digestion onto your child, and then that said child was born vaginally and got inculated, yada yada. BUT outside of near perfection in an ideal world, just start introducing probiotics and eating better as soon as you can. Baby steps. You are doing great mama, keep up the good work.

  • Heather hayes
    December 17, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    My baby is 6 weeks old I had to have antibiotics every 4 hours before he was born. He’s had a rash an been congested for weeks and it’s not a cold bc he has no fever. I have the flora brand powder probiotic for infants how much and is it safe to give to him he was born at 37wks too. Thank you! COuld you please email me information [email protected] thank you!

    • Stephanie
      January 6, 2015 at 2:20 PM

      A tiny pinch to start is just perfect. If he is still on antibiotics, be sure to give it to him IN BETWEEN doses of antibiotics. If you would like to work with me one on one for more detailed support, I would be happy to help, just email me at [email protected] to set up an appointment with me. Hope he is feeling better soon!

  • JC
    December 20, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Hi Stephanie,

    I bought the raw probiotics kids and gave my 7 week old a pinch as suggested. Within the hour, my baby was screaming and very uncomfortable. I am wondering how some of the ingredients react with the little ones. I know that strawberry is one of the foods that is suggested to stay away from until at least one year. Is this a normal reaction and they just have to adjust? Any information is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    • Stephanie
      January 6, 2015 at 2:18 PM

      It’s possible. Humans can develop allergies to anything, even something as healthy as Vitamin C! So I would just watch really carefully and see if it was just a cocindence or a pattern. It’s tricky because your baby could be reacting to something in your breastmilk…so you have to watch what you eat too.

  • Kevin
    December 21, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Can probiotics hurt my baby

    • Stephanie
      January 6, 2015 at 2:14 PM

      If you give way too much I am sure, as with anything, too much of a good thing can hurt you. But in general, probiotics at the right dosage is good. I am not a medical doctor giving medical advice so it is always best to check with your doctor first (just be sure they are a doctor that is up to date with current research and actually know what they are talking about).

  • DSchulz
    March 17, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    Specifically I have an 11 month old that was super sick last week (no really, not just wah wah fever) and was inundated with antibiotics (even intravenously given in the hospital) and is still on an oral antibiotic. My pediatrician mentioned using a pro-biotic but I am really wary, I don’t trust that the products out there are worth my effort and money and putting my kid through experiments.

    • Stephanie
      March 17, 2015 at 8:34 PM

      Go with your gut (no pun intended!) but I have seen major health improvements with my family and my clients using probiotics.

  • Cici
    March 25, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    I had antibiotic couple weeks before my daughter’s born. She’s on formula. Since she’s 3 weeks old she start to poop every 4, 5days, sometimes even longer. It was creamy ice cream like green poop. And I had to use the thermometer to poke to make her poop most of the time. And she’s not gaining much on the amount of the formula she’s taking. My doctor said as long as she’s happy she will be fine. Now she’s 15 weeks old and normally takes about 3.5 to 4 ounces every 3 to 4 hours. She weight about 14 pounds. Recently she caught cold from her cousin with running nose and congestion. I started to give her probiotic 2 weeks ago. She still not pooped for 4 days. I still had to use the thermometer to make her poop but it was banana shape and yellowish color. Looks like she’s not digested well. she’s only taking 2 to 3 ounces now and she would took it only whe she’s asleep. she’s happy and smile all the time except when she’s feeding. And she sleeps good at nights. Should I keep giving her probiotic and is there anything that I can do to help her to poop more often? I know the constipation is the main reason for her not eating well. But what else I can do? Should I start to give her some cereal or something have fiber? : ( Desperately needed help!!!!!!!!!

    • Stephanie
      March 26, 2015 at 12:18 PM

      Poor baby! Maybe try switching her formula? If it were my daughter, I would continue with supplements, but this is not medical advice, just what I would do for my own kid.

      • Cici
        March 26, 2015 at 3:35 PM

        That’s what I am doing now. I’m hoping this will over soon. Thanx!!!!!!

  • Linda
    March 30, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    I currently take a probiotic (35 strands, 100billion). Can I use this for my 3mo baby? He’s breastfed, has eczema on his eyebrows and slightly dry knees. I’ve read that eczema is a gut issue. I’ve cut out dairy, gluten, and nuts, but his eyebrows are still the same. I’m thinking probiotics will help.

    • Stephanie
      April 2, 2015 at 2:03 PM

      Probiotics will help, read the post for the type and dosage I used on my daughter. 🙂

  • LaurinD
    April 17, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Great post and comments.
    I just had a baby girl 3 weeks ago via c-section (my 3rd and not by choice) she is great and doing well. I unfortunately have gotten a cold that has turned into a sinus infection and a double ear infection. I need to go on antibiotics, but am so worried about destroying her gut. She is breastfeeding and I purchased probiotics at my local health store for me, hoping some would get to her via breast milk. Should I get some for her as well? Anything else I can do to help her?
    Thanks!!

    • Stephanie
      April 17, 2015 at 9:33 PM

      Yes, I would directly give some to her if it was my baby. Feel better soon!

  • stacy
    April 27, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    My son’s exema is horrible. It’s all over his body. We found out he’s allergic to dairy, but not gluten … Do you think it would still be helpful to eliminate gluten?

    • Stephanie
      April 29, 2015 at 7:05 AM

      I would if it were my kid. There are so many other sources of carbs that are better for us than gluten grains, and even if a person does not have a straight up allergy or celiac, grains are very inflammatory and hard to digest for anyone-it’s the nature of how they are. God intended for the grains and seeds not to be digested, so that animals could poop them out and grain survives to grow another plant! Soaking and sprouting them helps for sure, but for a little kid that already clearly has an allergy to something and has an inflammed immune response (excema) then I would cut it out. At least temporarily to see how he does and give his body a chance to heal.

  • robin mahmud
    May 23, 2015 at 3:03 AM

    thanks for this post! my wife just had a c-section few days ago, and I got recommended this at healthfoods store ( local)

    did your daughter improve? I pray she did and thanks!

  • Kim
    June 4, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Hi Stephanie,

    Thank you for sharing your experience and your knowledge. I was just wondering whether you know if there are any side effects associated with long-term use of probiotics in infants? I am currently using BioGaia probiotic drops containing the strain Lactobacillus reuteri and the package inserts states not to use longer than 21 days.

    Thank you!

    • Stephanie
      June 5, 2015 at 2:44 PM

      I have always heard/read that everyone should be taking probiotics from here on out. I am sure there are some cases where it is not recommended, but hopefully the health professional you are working with would know those cases. If I were you, I would probably call the company and ask them why they put that on the package.

  • ban
    July 4, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Hello,such a nice information you’ve shared,though I have a nephew of 13 months old with lactose intolerance,his mother absolutely avoided any source of lactose in her diet and gave him probiotics ,but she has no idea for how long will she continue giving him??
    THANKS…^_^

  • Lindsi
    July 18, 2015 at 6:30 AM

    Hi- have you heard of any coffe ground stool and some brown spitup after giving probiotics? I gave my six week old a small pinch yesterday and today (the bluebonnet brand you recommend). Today, he has had the change in stool and spit up .

    • Stephanie
      July 20, 2015 at 3:55 PM

      Change in stool is normal, not sure about the spit up. Sometimes things get worse before they get better on a health and healing journey and babies are not exempt. Try to find a Functional Medicine Dr or Nutritionist in your area that you can work with. And remember everything you eat, goes straight to your milk. So it could be a concidence and the spit up is unrelated to the probiotics and related to something that you ate that did not sit well with your newborn. Even when you do all the “right” things, breastfeed, eat well, supplement, etc, you have to remember the lining of a 6 week old newborn is not fully developed yet. They are super sensitive to everything. You will be in my prayers, I know how tough having a newborn can be, this too shall pass!

  • lola
    October 7, 2015 at 6:41 AM

    Hi Stephanie! This article was so informative. I have a 4 month old baby that i was breastfeeding and I had a yeast overgrowth all over! I thought it was just in my breasts but I think I passed it to my baby. She never showed any symptoms of it in her mouth but I believe I’ve populated her gut with yeast overgrowth. The day I stopped my anti fungal oral meds the next day my baby started having diarreha. And each day it got worse it’s been 9 days now and doctors did a stool test to determine what is causing her massive diarreha. I feel it’s the yeast issues I passed to her. They have given me probiotics for her and I have to give it a couple times. Based on your experience do you think just the probiotics will help heal her gut from the yeast? I’it’s been very hard we went from ductsl thrush to yeast diaper rashes to diarreha all within two months and it is a vicious cycle that just doesn’t seem to end . Any information you can share would be great! Thank you

    • Stephanie
      October 8, 2015 at 4:43 PM

      As long as you are breastfeeding you are going to have to watch what you eat. The only way to really kill off yeast is from starving it. So absolutely no sugar of any kind for about 40 days AND take herbal to help as well. Good luck!

  • Uma
    October 14, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Hi Stephanie, stumbled across your post a whieback when I was searching for solutions for spit up. My 12 weeks old spits up 2-3 times after eeach meal. Even if I keep her elevated, burp her frequently or space out feedings. After reading your article, I did start giving her probiotics. Would you have any idea how long it would take for the spit up to reduce? Its been 10 days and i haven’t seen any difference so far. Is there a certain way to give it to them? Thanks!

    • Stephanie
      October 16, 2015 at 6:46 AM

      I go over how to give it to babies in the post. I would change your diet next. Whatever you eat and drink goes into your breastmilk and something is obviously not sitting with with your baby. I would take out all grains and diary first, those are the most common. Good luck!

  • Vicky
    October 16, 2015 at 5:51 AM

    Hi Stephanie, thanks for the article, it really helped to explain things to a probiotic novice like myself!
    I’m hoping you could give me your opinion?
    I’ve been on penicillin for a severe case of tonsillitis for a week (it’s a 10 day course) my 6 month old has been exclusively breastfed until 2 weeks ago when I started baby led weaning. I’ve introduced a couple of allergens slowly (porridge with whole milk for 3 days and then toast for 3 days and then natural yogurt for 3 days) she’s been absolutely fine but then a day after I started the penicillin she started having a very upset tummy. She’s perfecly happy in herself but she’s const straining and is doing 10 soiled nappies a day (sometimes a blowout and sometimes not much) but we’ve got through 50 nappies in 5 days which is totally unlike her. I’m thinking it’s a reaction to the penicillin rather than a food reaction.
    Yesterday I started taking BioCare bio-acidophilus forte and started giving Molly BioCare baby flora. Do you think this well help her? How long do you think this will take to have an effect?
    Thanks again for the great article

    • Stephanie
      October 16, 2015 at 7:26 AM

      Yeah, anytime you take antibiotics it kills off all of the good bacteria too, and exactly what is going on in your body is what your milk is made of. I am not sure about exact timeline but sounds like you are doing all the right things. Finding a great pediatrician who is up to date on current research about probiotics for baby is going to be your best bet. I thank God for our amazing family Dr!

  • Liz
    October 17, 2015 at 1:56 AM

    Hello, I completely agree with the use of probiotics. I have an 8 wk old who was given IV antibiotics at birth for two days, then had about a week of formula top ups in addition to breastmilk. I was also put on antibiotics after the birth. Quite unfortunate as I had a vaginal birth and was hoping he would have a great start, I had a very good diet during pregnancy. But I have had issues w candida the past few years so due to all this we are concerned about his little gut. So, we put him on probiotics BUT they don’t seem to agree with him. We notice more fussiness, gas, wind and tummy grumbles on days we give him the probiotic. We have tried two different brands. I am at the end of my patience and am thinking about stopping the probiotic, we just hate to see him so unhappy. I am taking a sauerkraut liquid and a probiotic pill everyday so I am thinking that may be enough. I was just curious if it is normal for babies to react this way to a probiotic, have you heard similar stories.
    Thx
    Liz

    • Stephanie
      October 19, 2015 at 6:08 AM

      I would add in tummy massage several times a day. Sometimes when probiotics are first introduced, especially when their is an overgrowth of bad bacteria, there is a transition period. Die off of bacteria can cause gas and bloating. So if you massage his belly it will help pass the gas. Or you could give him less and work up the dosage very slowly. Best of luck.

  • Liz
    October 17, 2015 at 2:01 AM

    Forgot to add I don’t drink milk, am gluten free and hardly have much sugar (lately only rice malt or stevia and that is minimal). I do eat some cheese but not loads. We eat high veg,all organic diet. Our little man spits up a lot,is very gasy and only poops every 4-5days.

    • Stephanie
      October 19, 2015 at 6:07 AM

      Maybe the little bit of cheese? Sounds like you will have to do some serious elimination and adding back in to see what is bothering him. I would go see a professional that is very educated in pediatric digestive health and is very experienced in muscling test for allergies.

  • marina
    October 27, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Stephany, tnx so much for sharing this information. I too agree that probiotics could take care many gut issues the natural way. My only problem is that I live in Argentina and probiotics are not commercialized like in the us or europe. Im having the hardest time to find simple bifidus and lactobacilius. The next best thing I found isa capsule called total flora but comes with a lot of microbacteria, not sure if all of te is safe. I have a 4 onth of baby girl and shes clearly intolrant to dairy. I breatfeed but I also supplement with goats milk since my milk supply is not enough. My ped wants me to try neocate gold an aminoacids only formula but I refuse to feed her so much chemicals. I take pure spiruline daily and recently eliminated all gluten n diary from my diet. My question to you is what can I do to increase and make more nutricious my milk supply? Also, do you think the following probiotics combo are safe for my very colicky n constipated baby? Many thanks!.

    • Stephanie
      October 29, 2015 at 6:32 AM

      My husband’s family is from Argentina! I would google fermented foods. That is the best and natural way to get them anyway, pills are just the more convenient way to get them in your diet. But the traditional way is fermented foods. Sounds like you are doing great, just try to eat lots of nutrient dense food, because your body can not make nutrients from thin air for your milk, whatever deficiencies you have, so does your milk. Eat lots of Asada! 🙂

  • Baila Yaron
    October 28, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Hi:) thanks for all the information! Maybe you know something about Women with RA , started taking Enbrel and it seems to be really bothering my 3 mo squishy boy:( when I confirmed its the meds bothering him I tried getting breastmilk from others. I really want to nurse but I don’t want him to be pained. Any advice? I was taking probiotics but not so much. Is it too much to take and give baby? And how do we know its okay to give sauerkraut to infant?

    • Stephanie
      October 29, 2015 at 6:33 AM

      Are you working with a professional to eliminate all foods that cause inflammation? Are you taking herbal supplements to decrease inflammation? That’s where I would start if I were you. Congrats on your squishy boy and lots of love to you!

  • Leanne
    November 1, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    I was wondering about formula that has probiotics in it. I have switched my son to formula with probiotics b. Lactis and was wanting to know if I can continue giving him Biogaia at the same time or if this would be too much?

    • Stephanie
      November 17, 2015 at 6:19 AM

      I’m not familiar with formula with probiotics inside it already, but I can bet it’s not very high quality and I would probably additionally supplement if it was my daughter.

  • Natalie
    November 4, 2015 at 1:01 AM

    Hi Stephanie
    Great post! Thank you so much. I wanted to get your input on my situation.

    I am 17w pregnant today and last week doc checked my urine and urine culture bc I had some suprapubic pain but we thought it has more to do with stretching pain no other symptoms. The only thing that came up is GBS at 7,000. The doctor said we should treat now and at delivery. I was really upset with this and so he opted to repeat the urine culture, which I did this week, it came back positive for gram positive cocci so I was started in amoxicillin. And then at delivery I’ll be on penicillin. I’ve started a probiotic rich diet (mostly yogurt and kefir only two I can tolerate oh and sourdough bread). I also added a good probiotic/prebiotic and a good vitamin C.

    I will still need to do the vaginal swab at 37 weeks but anyway doc recommends antibiotic at delivery.

    I’ve done all the research if I possible can and found klaire lab infant probiotics. I read that it’s best to give in the first 4 hours of life. Of course after the breast milk. Do you think I can still avoid all the issues and damage that antibiotics can cause. They also recommend 1/4 of teaspoon for a newborn as for the infant formulation. What’s your opinion on all of this?

    • Stephanie
      November 17, 2015 at 6:17 AM

      I think you are doing the best you can and that is all anyone can ask.

  • Jamie
    November 8, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    I’ve been giving my daughter probiotics since day one. We started with the convenient drops up until 3mos and now I have discovered a really great powdered infant formula by Klaire Laba that I am struggling to give her. Are there any pointers on administering 1/4tsp powder to an infant? I’ve tried sprinkling it in her mouth, on my nipple and finger and mixing it some breast milk and syringe feeding her. All make her gag and she gives me the look of death! Haha. I have had success with mixing it in for a bottle feeding but I primarily breastfeed and only bottle feed on the rare days my supply feels lowish. I was wondering if anyone has attempted making a drop out of a powder using coconut oil or something like that? Thank you in advance.

    • Stephanie
      November 17, 2015 at 6:14 AM

      Could you mix the powder and expressed milk and drop it in her mouth with a dropper?

  • Renee
    November 15, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    I have recently discovered our 10 day old is lactose intolerant. I promptly stopped all milk, but have kept other dairy in. I am eating a low carb, high fat diet currently. I’ve been reading up on healing gut flora, and Bub was a healthy vaginal delivery which is why he hasn’t been too bad, but could be better. I believe like you that colic, reflux, fussing and big spit ups ARE NOT normal, and I’m on the search to keep him healthy. He has had some greyish poos, accompanied by mild wind, indicating an allergy, so as soon as I saw those I started googling. I know his latch is perfect, he’s not swallowing air! We’ve been off milk for a few days now, and he is improving. Just got to let it get out of my system first. I ate sauerkraut and drank Grainfields probiotic liquid on and off throughout pregnancy, and I have that to thank for my floating poop!
    On a related note, my husband (baby’s daddy) recently had what I describe as an allergic reaction. Loose bowels, red eyes, felt like he was going to vomit, stuffy nose, and it onset in about 30 minutes. Thinking back, he drank a coffee and a glass of milk that day. He has grown up drinking milk, pasteurised, as a treat. He does burp a little bit, and hasn’t had a solid floating poop in quite a while, now that I think about it, and I’ve since deduced that he has become lactose intolerant. He’s 24- apparently it’s a common thing in late adolescence and early adulthood to suddenly onset. Now to give him the bad news….
    Also, LACTOSE INTOLERANCE IS GENENTIC.
    Anyway, thank you for writing this and giving me the confidence to start shovelling probiotics into the two of them, I know hubby will whinge more than the baby. I plan on just dipping my nipple in the powder before a feed, and following directions on whatever powder I choose. One from the fridge, milk free 🙂
    And to all the mums googling stuff at 3 am while feeding, GO WITH YOUR GUT INSTINCTS.

    • Stephanie
      November 17, 2015 at 5:50 AM

      Thanks for sharing. Love the last line, lol. Yes, God Bless all the late night Googling mamas!

  • Dorothy
    December 16, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    New mommy here….appreciated finding your info. I have a 4 month old darling daughter. She doesn’t have any problems or issues. However I’ve been giving her probiotics daily…I want to keep her immune system built up over the winter. I breastfeed her and I eat healthy and also take probiotics everyday. Am I overdoing it?

    • Stephanie
      December 24, 2015 at 8:51 AM

      Nope! You are doing great!!

  • Linda
    February 17, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    My daughter has awful gas to where she is constantly squirming around and curling into a ball. Her first month was so awful she would tighten up and scream in agony. She is currently 3 months old. I am doing both breastfeeding and formula because I cannot produce enough milk to meet her demand. I also believe my baby may be tongue tied which I’m sure isn’t helping with my milk supply. On top of all this she also has acid reflux and is on ranitidine which doesn’t seem to be working completely not to mention I don’t like her on medication. I have been giving her gas drops as well which don’t seem to be working since everyday is a battle. I called her pediatrician and asked about giving her probiotics and the dr recommend against it. My daughter does have a bowel movement everyday. Would the probiotics help with her constant has issue and spitting up after every feeding?

    Pleas help. I would love your input and any recommendations you might have.

    • Stephanie
      February 23, 2016 at 5:32 AM

      Hi Linda. If it were me, I would find a new doctor and get a second opinion. Maybe ask on an online moms group in your area for a recommendation of a more natural minded MD, so you can get another opinion and then make your decision. And always, always, trust your gut. Your mama intuition is powerful. Just because you are not an MD, does not mean you know more than your Dr or know what is better for your child. 🙂

  • Amy Haley
    March 8, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    I am fairly new to the idea of probiotics…I wish I would have discovered them sooner! It all started when I developed c diff after my c section in June and had to be hospitalized. Along with all the antibiotics they were pumping in me, they also started me on a probiotic, and the rest is history. I continued taking one at home and doing more research. I wondered if starting my two year old on a probiotic would help eliminate her daily much needed use of Miralax. I started with Garden of Life RAW, but she was still really constipated. I then tried Nature’s Way Primadophilus…success! She is now off of Miralax! My daughter used to have a milk protein allergy as a baby (she has grown out of it), and now my 8 month old has the milk protein allergy. The more research I’ve done it seems like my c sections may play a role in those diagnoses. Both c sections were unavoidable unfortunately. That’s some back story on my journey thus far, but my question is about a probiotic for my son. I was thinking of trying the same Nature’s Way for him, but it contains dairy so I didn’t know if I should avoid it. He is also getting recurrent ear infections, and I would like to avoid tubes if possible. I believe their is a bacterial strain that helps with ear infections? Anyway, I was curious as to your thoughts on what to try for him. Thank you!

    • Stephanie
      March 15, 2016 at 7:18 AM

      I am not sure of the exact bacterial strain that is helpful with ear infections, but I do know their is a gut-bacteria and ear infection connection. I would also take your child to a good, pediatric chiropractor, that specializes in cervical vertebrae. Often constant ear infections in children is a sign that their Atlas vertebrae is out of alignment. Sometimes it’s a very simple fix!

  • Ashley
    March 25, 2016 at 11:51 PM

    Thanks for the post! I started giving my three week old son probiotics two days ago. I take them daily and have upped my dose as well because he has a bad yeasty diaper rash and I believe also thrush in his mouth. Prior to those he has seemed to have tummy discomfort since birth anyways. He was born vaginally but my labor was really fast so my doc thinks he may not have gotten good exposure to my bacteria. Since starting him on infant powder probiotics he has been a fussy monster! He is spitting up more and just seems miserable after eating (exclusively breastfed). I am assuming this is the adjustment period where his stomach is getting in the good bacteria. Did you experience this and how long did it last? Gut health is so important and I want to start him off right but the poor guy is struggling. Thanks!

    • Stephanie
      April 1, 2016 at 6:22 AM

      Penelope never really spit up, so I’m not sure. I would ask your pediatrician, and hopefully your Ped is well versed and up to date with info about probiotics like ours (our pediatrician is who recommended probiotics to me!) and you ask them about specific dosages for your little one. Best of luck! And remember you can change pediatricians at any time!

  • Beck
    April 9, 2016 at 3:00 AM

    Hi Stephanie,

    Great article! More parents should be made aware of the benefits of probiotics. I just wanted to point out that parents with preterm infants and babies born c-section that may already have a weakened or impaired immune system and digestive system should be very, very careful with bifidus strains of probiotics as they can cause more harm than good by overgrowing in the colon. The 3 main probiotic strains used for infants must be L.Acidophillus, S.Thermophilus and L.Bulgaricus. I draw your attention to the knowledge base article from the ‘Breaking the viscious cycle’ website.

    Bifidis is normally the only gut bacteria present in breast fed babies. Early researchers felt that when bifidis persists into early childhood and beyond, it correlated with celiac disease. I, personally, do not believe in using bifidis in a probiotic or in a yoghurt culture.

    The use of different strains of probiotics has been a subject of much discussion. I do not pretend to know the answers for most of them and have told the list that spending one year doing library research convinced me that there is more ambiguity than black and white answers.

    To further the confusion, very smart people are advising some very dumb things. Companies have jumped on the band wagon proposing oral administration of various types of Lactobacillus strains along with things like bifidis and have given absolutely no attention to the fact that these bacteria will mutate depending upon what is in the colon for them “to eat.”

    Seth on healing crow referenced a wonderful article which was a chapter in a book written by his former professor of bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin. (copyright 2000 Kenneth Todar. Bacteriology pg 303. I have it in front of me.)

    “The normal flora of humans is exceedingly complex and consists of more than 200 species of bacteria. The makeup of the normal flora depends upon various factors including genetics, age, sex, stress, nutrition and diet of the individual……The distribution of the bacterial flora of humans is shown in the following table. This table lists only a fraction of the total bacterial species that occur as normal flora of humans and does not express the total number or concentration of bacteria at any site.”

    It then goes on to list many species including Bacteroides sp and Bifidobacterium bifidum. I understand that these two are closely related. Others include Enterobacteriaceae (E. coli) and Lactobacillus, etc.

    Then comes the confusing part:
    ” The greatest number of bacteria are found in the lower intestinal tract, specifically the colon and the most prevalent bacteria are the Bacteroides, a group of Gram-negative, anaerobic, non-sporeforming bacteria. They have been implicated in the initiation of colitis and colon cancer. Bifidobacterium bifidum is the Gram-positive counterpart to the Bacteroides in the colon. They are anaerobic, non-sporeforming, lactic acid bacteria. They are the “friendly” bacteria in the intestine. Bacteroides predominate in the intestine of meat-eaters, bifidobacteria and other lactic acid bacteria predominate in the intestine of vegetarians.”

    From Elaine:
    That said, it appears that bifidis could replace bacteroides and the implication of the latter in initiating cancer and colitis could be overcome. However, that is not certain and considering that our paleolithic diet was high in meat, I would doubt if meat is the real suspicious element in the diet. The research has indicated to me that any work done to support this thesis was not done without many other variables in the diet including high starch. Seth provides the following information:

    “Intestinal Floras of Populations That Have a High Risk of Colon Cancer

    APPLIED AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY, Sept. 1995, p. 3202-3207 Vol. 61, No. 9

    The study finds that populations with the highest colon cancer risk have a higher number of bifido bacteria than populations with the lowest risk. The authors were very surprised at this result since bifido bacteria is a “good” bacteria. Of course this is an epidemiology study (which always have flaws) but combined with Elaine’s knowledge on the subject sends a powerful warning in my mind.

    t writes:
    In the case of bifidus, it has a tendency to overgrow. Each type of bacteria has different properties, different byproducts… I usually think of it in terms of different levels of tenacity and agression. Your gut is truly a multicultural society – some member are more altruistic, and others are criminal. Some are interested in improving the neighbourhood, and some are only out for themselves.

    L. Acidophilus is about as community-minded a bacterial strain as you will find, with S.Thermophilus and L.Bulgaricus running a close second. The others are either less friendly, or are unknown quantities. It gets even more complicated if you consider soil based strains.

    So we stick with Acidophilus in our supplements, and Acidophilus, Thermophilus and Bulgaricus in our yoghurt, because they are good neighbours.

    Julie writes:
    I am one who had used yoghurt containing Bifidus as my starter the first eight months on the diet and after a few back to back flares where nothing helped, Lucy clued me in that the Bifidus may have overgrown in my colon and therefore caused my endless flare. Sure enough, after I switched to the powdered yogourmet starter I literally came out of the flare overnight! I am a big proponent

    • Stephanie
      May 2, 2016 at 1:41 PM

      It is all very complicated, that’s why it’s best to stick to using the probiotics your Doctor recommends. 🙂

  • Jessica
    April 14, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    I introduced probiotics last week to my 5mo old (5 months today). I gave too much the first day or 2 (bottle only listed dosage 1yr and up so I gave a little under that. I feel like an idiot now knowing I still gave way too much) and drastically dropped it down the next 2 days. I haven’t given any since last Friday. He was pooping just fine the week prior to introducing it (once a day, good color and consistency) but since introducing the probiotic he’s only had explosive, wet gas. The first day when I gave too much it was greenish with dark stringy bits and that tapered off and the color came back to yellow-orange after a couple of days. But it’s still just “wet” and watery 🙁 I’m so worried I completely messed up his gut. I open each diaper with anticipation hoping for a regular poo but it’s still just wet and greenish. Have you any suggestions? 🙁 The probiotic is a powder, free of additives. I already avoid gluten, dairy and now soy in my own diet (he’s ebf). Thank you!

    • Stephanie
      May 2, 2016 at 1:39 PM

      It was just a little to much for his system, he will be totally fine. Just do a tiny pinch and slowly build up to whatever the brand recommends.

  • Ellisia
    April 16, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Hi, I just came across this article as I was searching for the best probiotic to give to my son. He is 11 months, and has had terrible eczema since he was about two months old. He also constantly wakes in the middle of the night due to stomach issues. He’s been breastfed since birth. II’m at a lost as of what to do, so I want to try probiotics now. The first one that you have recommended, what dose should I start him out with at this age? Thank you!

    • Stephanie
      May 2, 2016 at 1:37 PM

      I would check with your pediatrician to be sure, but always follow the brand’s recommendation and work up. So if the bottle says 1/4 tsp for example, then you gradually build up to 1/4 tsp over a week or two.

  • Barbora Interdonato
    May 4, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Hello, thank you for an interesting and useful information on probiotics for babies. I’ve been searching for something that might help my four month old with what I believe is thrush. She’s had it since birth and it didn’t go away with nistatin. At this point and based on what pharmacist told me, I’m even thinking maybe it’s not thrush but just milk deposit? (I was able to rub it off partly with a cloth.). But how can I tell if it is? I don’t trust the Pediatrician, I don’t want her to just give my baby another medication for nothing. I’d rather use probiotics but what do you actually give to a four month old? And I’m understanding my diet is crucial in the healing process but if you have to stay away from milk, grain, fruit, sugars etc, what do you actually eat to keep the good nutrition for yourself and baby? I am already 6 kilos underweight and I’m only avoiding milk products. I eat generally healthy but yes I eat whole grains in moderation and a lot of fresh fruit and veggies.. I would like to know real examples of what to eat to stay healthy and well nourished because it’s important even for the baby. Thank you.

    • Stephanie
      June 15, 2016 at 10:00 PM

      Check out MommyPotamus blog, Wellness Mama or Health, Home and Happiness blog.

    • Rihanna
      July 3, 2016 at 7:05 PM

      Read about optibac for babies.
      It comes in powder form and its suitable for babies from birth till 12.
      All the best

  • Rihanna
    July 3, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Hello,
    Thanks for the educative post.I have a 1year old son.he is very healthy,there is nothing wrong with him is it OK if I give him a sachet of pro biotic powder daily.im just reading about it now I wish I read your post before he was born.
    Is it too late ?

  • Ashley
    July 13, 2016 at 12:34 AM

    Hi Stephanie,

    Thank you for starting this discussion. I wish I had known more about all of this when I was pregnant.

    A little background…I have a wonderful and seemingly very healthy 10 month old son. While my diet during pregnancy was reasonably healthy with lots of organic meats, dairy, fruits, and vegetables, I still had too much sugar, always craved diet coke, white carbs, etc. I also developed gestational diabetes, which was unfortunately caught quite late in the pregnancy. I think it caused my son to grow a bit too rapidly in the womb and he ended up breech, which led to a c-section. I breast fed for the first 4 months, then moved to a high-quality goat milk formula (due to fears of cow’s milk allergies that run in babies in my family). Connor had tough digestion issues as an infant and was a bit colicky, however, doesn’t seems to have any allergies and appears to have a good/regular digestive system working at this time.

    I try very hard every day to give him a very healthy diet. He is now on a high-quality cow’s milk formula with lots of organic fruits, vegetables, chicken, and beef (all pureed) that I prepare for him. I’m also giving him about 1 tablespoon of Earth’s Best Whole Grain Baby Cereal with some added ground flax seed to help him acclimate to grains (I am hoping he won’t ever have a gluten problem). I also add DHA to his milk, and luckily he tolerates it.

    Moving forward to today, I am giving him two different types of probiotics: 1.) L. Reuteri, of which studies are currently being performed about the possible prevention of autism [article in last month’s Economist magazine] and 2.) a general infant blend by Flora with 6 different strains of various probiotics. A woman I spoke with (whom I know to be quite wise and extremely well educated in natural products and healing) explained to me that the best way to give the probiotics is by only adding a few drops of water to make a somewhat ‘paste’ consistency, which will help it get down into the baby’s gut better which will lead to a strong and more present colony. This is great in theory, but after about 5 days of this, my little guy was on to me and is now refusing this method. I would love to just add both of the probiotic brands to his room-temperature formula, but I was told that when mixed with food, the bacterial can’t colonize as well in the right areas of the baby’s digestive track; the bacteria just lives off the milk (in this case) as food and doesn’t do all of the good things it’s supposed to in the gut. I don’t know if any of this is true or not.

    So, that is a lot of information. Sorry about that. I would just love to get your take on this as well as see if you have any suggestions and overall thoughts. Thank you again for starting this important discussion. I wish doctors would raise awareness about these sorts of things. I think my little guy could have been more comfortable earlier on if I only knew then what I am starting to learn now.

    Sincerely,
    Ashley

  • Francesca Morgan
    July 19, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    My question is, about doing GAPs while breastfeeding. My understanding is you should not do it while breastfeeding because as your body gets rid of toxins, it can go in the breast milk plus the initial phase can be a bit stressful on the body with just doing broth, etc. So do you mean just eating a GAPs diet without doing the introduction phase? My 4th child (You think you have it somewhat down, but each one has different challenges!) is 7 months, when tried some pureed veggies at 6 months, she got constipated and then had two weeks of diarrhea. I just went back to breastfeeding and doing broth, but now she’s constipated again. I started giving her probiotics by Biocult during her diarrhea bout but it didn’t do anything. Now she’s constipated 6 weeks later just having broth and breast milk. I don’t want to start this kind of cycle even before food is really a part of the equation. I’ve been wanting to do GAPs (I follow WAPF now) for my own health especially since I had a fall back with diet when I was pregnant because I was so sick the entire time. I don’t know if it’s something I’m eating, but I don’t consume much dairy, a little raw milk and homemade yogurt. I don’t eat gluten but still eat properly prepared (and sometimes not) grains because I need the calories while I’m breastfeeding. Any thoughts? Thank you!

    • Katie
      August 20, 2016 at 11:38 PM

      We have had issues with our 5 week old having constipation due to having to introduce formula my child absolutely would not take from me, and I pumped exclusively for the first 4 weeks, so he at least got some breast milk, but had to stop due to complications with my nipples. When we introduced formula about 2.5 weeks in because my supply couldn’t keep up, he became constipated. The dr kept saying it was ok as long as he had one bowel movement within 2 weeks, and his BMs were not hard pellets. He went from pooping 4-5 tomes a day, to every two days. Anyway I say all of that to say, of you are still having issues with constipation in your little one, the ONLY things that have saved us is if you take a q tip and place vaseline on the end of it and just barely insert the cotton tip into baby’s anus to stimulate it, it will help them to go; and we also have found a formula that is specifically for babies that are breastfed and introducing formula. It is the only formula we have found that doesn’t constipate him. He is also having major reflux and spit up issues which seem to only be getting worse so we are having to water down his formula and add 1/2 teaspoon of yogurt to every bottle as well as probiotic drops once a day. I hope this can help you and your little one can get relief

  • Jessica Marques
    August 21, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    My baby had severe colic and gas issues since his birth and I tried a bunch of remedies to prevent him from these issues but still he was the same. Then a friend told me about a tea formula called Babies magic tea. It’s an organic herbal tea made for newborns to prevent all types of tummy troubles and this worked great for my little one soothing him completely.

  • Jennifer L.
    September 20, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    We just started WellBelly (by WellFuture) for my 3 month old. It’s probiotics in organic banana and apple powder. My diet is very clean and he’s pretty mellow–he’s just getting every cold that my two bigger girls are bringing home from their schools. I am just putting the powder on my nipple 1-2 times/day when I nurse.

  • Rita Miller
    October 5, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    This is a great post and it stresses me out a bit as well. For most of my pregnancy I’ve been dealing with a nasty UTI so I have been taking antibiotics and don’t want my baby suffering. I have also been taking probiotics to try and help counteract it. My baby is due this week. Have I screwed up?