Welcome summerblu to the wild and woolly world....
...of those friendly flora!
First off, what you need for the wee one is this:http://jarrow.com/products/BabYsJarroDophilus.htm
The PERFECT combo for a 7 month old is breastmilk and the powder. Just wet your finger when nursing and put some powder on it, gently get into your child's mouth. There's NO BETTER food for the flora than breastmilk.
For yourself, culture the powder, I wouldn't worry about getting the adult verision of Jarrow unless you want to. No thickener required, just sterilize the milk at 185 degrees, add your powder (about 6 caps per 6 oz) at 115 degrees and culture. I would advise making a small starter amount and then using that to make larger amounts. 3 oz probiotic yogurt can make 48 oz (or more).
Here's more info than you need.http://www.donvier.com/donvier/produ...tructions.html
BTW, those instructions mentioning skim milk (above) are dead wrong. Skim milk has powdered skim milk in it for thickening. Skim milk has been processed with heat and contains OXIDIZED cholesterol, NOT good. This is the type of cholesterol that IS bad for us.
I use two percent organic milk.
The best thing for your baby's immune system is YOUR diet at this point.http://whfoods.com/foodstoc.php
No more PharmaDestruction, Let's get Cultured!
PS There's nothing like the power of breastmilk, kinda makes those vaxes look as ridiculous as they are:
Breast isn't the best option, it's the ONLY option!
Here's a lil' bit from Jamie Murphy's "What Every Parent Should Know About Childhood Immunization" on
"The Protective Factors in Breastmilk"
"Breast milk has proven to inhibit the growth of many bacteria and viruses in laboratory experiments. Antibodies or isoagglutinins have been isolated from breast milk in response to the following disease organisms: tetanus; pertussis; pneumonia; diphtheria; polio virus 1, 2 and 3; mumps; Coxsackie and echo virus; smallpox; and influenza organisms."
"The immunoglobulin IgA is referred to as secretory IgA (sIgA) and is somewhat different from the IgA that is produced in serum. The secretory immunoglobulin found in breast milk is thought to be produced in the mammary gland of the mother. SIgA greatly benefits breast-feeding infants because it coats their intestinal tract with "anti-septic paint", thus protecting the infant from bacterial and viral invasions from such pathogens as E. coli, poliovirus, streptococi, staphylococci, and pneumococci."
"One of the major reasons for the substantially lower incidence of infant diarrhea in breast-fed babies is the quality of their intestinal flora. In contrast, infants who are reared on cows-milk based formulas have an intestinal flora that is predominately bacteroides, streptococcus faecalis, and E. coli organisms. The gut flora of exclusively breast-fed infants is colonized almost entirely with friendly bacteria: lactobacilli and bifido-bacteria. In 1953, Gyorgy demonstrated that human milk contained a carbohydrate known as the bifidus factor, whcih may encourage the growth of these beneficial organisms. In breast-fed infants, the production of ascetic acid and lactic acid by friendly lactobacillus bacteria lowers the ph (acid-alkaline balance) of the stool, thus providing a suitable acid environment, which prevents the growth of yeasts, shigella, and E. coli bacteria. As a result, breast-fed infants are largely protected from the organisms associated with candida albicans, dysentery, infantile diarrhea, and gastroenteritis."
Remember that the regular meats we eat are loaded with high-powered antibiotics that can knock out our beneficial intestinal flora, and that the infants "colonization" can only be as good as the mothers.