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I always thought I would begin giving probiotics to my LO when she started on solids but it seems like some mamas give them before that. Is there a need for them if she is EBF? We are non-vax and I want to support her immune system as much as possible but I also don't want to supplement if it isn't necessary. What are your thoughts on this?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">Happily married to DH (09/08/07), admiring & falling more in love <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat">with our DD<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/babygirl.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Babygirl">:<br>
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EBF babies, if vaginally birthed, generally have gut flora similar to mom's (presuming baby hasn't already been on antibiotics). If mom thinks there's room for improvement in her gut flora, maybe has a history of health problems that are related or a history of significant antibiotic use or something else that's been detrimental to her gut health, or doesn't think she does enough in general to support a healthy gut flora (drinking your kefir? making kimchee? I admit I'm spotty) then it's not unreasonable to choose to supplement, and at the pre-solids stage, I'd choose a supplement rather than a whole foods source for baby.<br><br>
If baby was born via C-section, all bets are off for the gut flora, and I think supplementing from early on is a good idea. Baby would've gotten an unpredictable mix of whatever bacteria were around in the operating room, on nurses' hands, on mom's hands (vs mom's vaginal canal), it's really hit-or-miss at that point.
 

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I started them with DS at 2 months old. If you are formula feeding, I would say the sooner the better. If you are BF, then I don't think I would really worry about introducing them at all.
 

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I started probiotics with my DS at 8 weeks at the suggestion of our pediatrician. DS was arching his back while nursing and having a few other "gassy" - type problems (actually I think it was a let-down/hindmilk-foremilk issue, but acidophilus helped). After doing probiotics, he nursed so much better and wasn't gassy at all. I would recommend them before introducing food because they helped DS a lot.
 

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My naturally birthed, 10 week old, EBF babe has just started on probiotics in an attempt to deal with our horrid thrush. It's done wonders for his tummy and the thrush is on its way out. I wasn't thrilled at feeding him the probiotics but it's been completely worthwhile - he really did need it.
 

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I give my son probiotics (babydophilus) when I have thrush. I mix it with 1-2 oz of breastmilk and have DP give it to him (he doesn't have EBM from me)
 

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I started our 6 week old this past week - pediatrician recommended it as well. She had a large dose of antibiotics at 2 weeks when she was in the hosp. with RSV. We've also been having some gas/projectile vomiting issues which it seems to have made a little better. For now I just put some on my finger and let her suck it off.
 

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I didn't know anything about a "gut flora" until now!
 

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We started when this guy was 2 days old. I had been on antibiotics, twice, during the month before he was born, last course ending four days before he was born.<br><br>
He had very painful, stinky gas.
 

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DD2 got probiotics the second day of life because I had abx in labor and did a Hibiclens wash in labor so she wouldn't have picked up a lot of bacteria and I was afraid things were going to be off so I decided to seed her gut with the good stuff. This in addition to my eating really well and taking in good bugs in dairy ferments (yogurt and kefir).<br><br>
DD1 hasn't had any sort of probiotics and I sorta wish I'd known to give them to her since she was struggling with what one would call 'colic' for two months or so. She was not a suuper happy baby and I always thought it was belly related.
 

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I've been giving probiotics since 3 weeks. This is when my BM dried up so I wanted to give her something. I was under the understanding that there was gut flora bacteria in BM? That's why colic occurs more often in FF babies than BM babies.
 

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I gave DS some because I thought we had thrush (we didn't - Epstein's pearls). Recently he was on antibiotics for an ear infection so we did probiotics then.
 

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Speeding thru before my babe wakes, so if this product was mentioned prior I apologize...<br>
Dr.Sears Happy Bellies Rice Cereal is a Probiotic as well!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Speeding thru before my babe wakes, so if this product was mentioned prior I apologize...<br>
Dr.Sears Happy Bellies Rice Cereal is a Probiotic as well!</div>
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Where is this sold?<br><br>
Where could I purchase probiotics for my six month old, besides at a Whole Foods store (none locally)? There is a health food store nearby but I don't think it caters to infants.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've been giving probiotics since 3 weeks. This is when my BM dried up so I wanted to give her something. I was under the understanding that there was gut flora bacteria in BM? That's why colic occurs more often in FF babies than BM babies.</div>
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I think it's more because formula behaves very differently in the gut than breastmilk does. Formula creates an environment that a whole different set of bacteria thrive in than breastmilk does. It's much more like an adult gut than a baby's.<br><br>
I _think_ there are some bacteria in breastmilk, and there's whatever may be on mom's skin, but I think the bigger factor is how each type of food creates a specific gut environment.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Where is this sold?<br><br>
Where could I purchase probiotics for my six month old, besides at a Whole Foods store (none locally)? There is a health food store nearby but I don't think it caters to infants.</div>
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You might be surprised to find some at your local HF store. Mine has infants' probiotics in a refrigerated case. I'm pretty sure you can also break open a capsule of regular probiotics for adults and put them in some food/BM or have baby suck them off your finger. I've done this in a pinch. The strains used are different, but I think it's still ok.<br><br>
Otherwise, lots of online vitamin places will ship them to you on dry ice. Try vitacost.com or luckyvitamin.com.
 

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6-7 months, when we started solids.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">I started probiotics with my DS at 8 weeks at the suggestion of our pediatrician. DS was arching his back while nursing and having a few other "gassy" - type problems (actually I think it was a let-down/hindmilk-foremilk issue, but acidophilus helped). After doing probiotics, he nursed so much better and wasn't gassy at all. I would recommend them before introducing food because they helped DS a lot.</td>
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same situation here except it was do who rec'd and ds was 3 weeks.<br>
seems to be helping!
 
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