Hello! I would like to know your feelings on probiotics for babies.
Some background: I have been having chronic yeast infections since I was about ten years old. In the last decade it seems like I get one nearly every month just after ovulation. I've given up on medications- what's the point? They take 2 weeks to cure and by then the symptoms generally go away on their own with the start of a new cycle. About 15 years ago I moved into a much healthier diet and try to eat whole foods as much as possible. I avoid (again- as much as I can) white flour& sugar and rarely eat any processed foods of any kind. I've had good success with boric acid to treat flare- ups. I take acidophilus every day....and still I get these damn things! It's very frustrating when I am surrounded by women stuffing their faces with cookies and pastries every day who never get them! I'm sure I have a deeply entrenched systemic thing going on.
I had a baby in March. I didn't know I had a yeast infection when he was born, but must have as he got thrush almost immediately. He also had bad gas from the beginning, too. He screamed with colic til about 4 months. He also spit up buckets daily til just recently- and he still does a little.
Now he's generally happy but still has the WORST gas I've ever seen! It doesn't seem to pain him generally like before, but it is making it hard for him to get enough sleep. He wakes crying every hour or two at night sometimes and he either has a giant grown man sized fart and goes back to sleep or I'll pick him up and he has a big belch. It's worse when he tries to nap during the day because the gas bubble wakes him up after only 20 minutes or so and then he doesn't want to go back to sleep so he's often overtired. He farts so often and so loud & long- you'd swear there was a big burly trucker sitting there and not an 8 month old baby! And then there is the fact that since I am always getting yeast infections, he keeps getting thrush too- at least I assume so- he never gets big white patches in his mouth, but I get itchy nipples and it hurts to nurse and pump sometimes.
I am currently taking Udo's probiotics. I started on the 70 billion or whatever and am currently taking the 30 billion at least twice a day. I also bought the infant probiotic powder to maybe try but I'd like an expert opinion. Is he getting any through my breast milk? (He still nurses almost exclusively- we've tried introducing solids in the last 2 months and he is not even a little interested) Would they even help with this? I've read that they could but my husband is leery of any kind of supplement for him. Is it possible that I actually passed on my horrific candidiasis problem to him???? Any thoughts on what we can do about that?! Obviously I can't do any big drug treatments while breastfeeding- which I want to continue as long as possible. I know it would help if I cut out ALL carbohydrates of any kind (which I did for about 2 weeks when this first happened after he was born), but that is more difficult now that I'm back to work full time and am always in such a rush. Also last time I dropped so much weight so fast- he started looking ill and I was afraid he was getting all the toxins from my stored fat dumped into his breast milk.
Sorry, this has turned into a novella with more than one actual question to boot.......