Human Milk Probiotics: Not All Probiotics Are the Same

The information included in this material is for informational purposes only. Always seek medical advice for any concerns about health and nutrition. 

Probiotics are microorganisms that help populate the digestive tract to aid in overall health. These “friendly” microorganisms may help support a child’s early immune system development, cognitive function, or even help ease specific digestive problems like constipation and diarrhea. While probiotics are commercially plentiful these days, not all probiotics are the same. The ideal probiotics to choose will largely depend on the probiotic survivability and nutrition support needs of your child.

Whether your child is born through natural or cesarean section delivery, providing them with the essential nutrition support with probiotics can be done best through breastfeeding. Breast milk is considered the gold standard for young children because it is designed by nature to provide the essential nutrients along with Human Milk Probiotics

A probiotic’s survivability is determined by its capacity to survive the hostile gastric acid and oxygen-rich environment of the stomach. The stomach environment is rich in oxygen and is highly acidic –which in turn, may render some probiotics immobile and impact their effectiveness. Human Milk Probiotics are unique in their ability to survive both the gastric acid and oxygen-rich environment of the stomach to be able to function and provide immune, cognitive, and digestive health benefits.

Why are Human Milk Probiotics Important?

Human Milk Probiotics are especially beneficial for children born by cesarean section (CS) because apart from the high survivability rate, they deliver multiple benefits that are essential to early child development.

  • Help improve the immune system by aiding in the production of antibodies
  • Act as a barrier in the digestive tract to help fight against infection
  • Help promote good digestion by improving the absorption of nutrients
  • Prevent diarrhea episodes and other common digestive problems like constipation, colic, and flatulence.

Research shows that the gastrointestinal tract and the brain are connected through what is referred to as the gut-brain axis. This connecting nerve allows probiotics to facilitate signals to the brain and vice versa. As a result, probiotics are also able to positively influence cognition, memory, verbal learning, and overall brain function.

Nutrition Support Through Human Milk Probiotics

A number of probiotics are available in the market, however, keep in mind that not all probiotics are the same because their survivability varies. Some probiotics do not survive beyond the stomach and are therefore rendered ineffective. While other alternatives may contain a type of probiotic, they may not be the right one as intended by nature. If breastmilk is no longer an option, seek advice from your doctor for an alternative feeding solution. A milk product that can provide the essential nutrition support that contains Human Milk Probiotics to support early brain development, immune system development, and improve digestion and absorption of nutrients.

Learn more about why nutrition support matters for CS-born children by checking out our featured article

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