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I'd be doing heavy probiotics myself (if I could rewind time). Breastfeeding will of course help. I believe I would do a high quality allergy free infant probiotic directly though if I could do our birth/post-birth over.
I will be BFing. With DD#2 (emergency c-s because transverse breech) I started nursing in recovery, although she clearly would have liked to have been able to nurse earlier-we have video of DH shirtless doing skin-to-skin with DD while I was being sewn up and she kept wiggling over to his nipples trying to eat. I'm not sure if I can/should request that they just wrap the baby in a blanket/hat for warmth (no wiping, weighing, etc.) and let DH hold the baby up so we can start nursing immediately in surgery while I'm being sewn-not sure if that would be possible or make a sig. difference for baby's health.
Is there a safe-for-baby probiotic that you could recommend?
I would make sure my vitamin D level was normal and would be supplementing heavily to make sure I was giving the baby enough D through breastmilk if I was normal. I wasn't. So I would have been supplementing my kids directly if I had a do over.
I've been supplementing with 2000 IU D3/day since ttc. I just had my vit D level checked last week. It's barely normal at a 30. I've bumped up to 6000 IU/day and hope that will boost things a bit by the time I deliver. Maybe I should aim for 10000 IU/day. I'd prefer that baby get needed vit D via me rather than supplement directly since I'm still unclear about vit D needs in newborns (BM is naturally low in it as I recall) but maybe I'm off in my thinking.
Only one of my C section, antibiotics during pregnancy, and low vitamin D kids (same pregnancy and birth but fraternal twins) has allergies/asthma. It's not a given I'm saying. But I'd do things differently if I could.