Adding probiotics (the good or helpful bacteria) and prebiotics (food for the good bacteria) into children’s milk formula supplements is the latest advancement in pediatric nutrition science. Scientists now consider gut microbiome as a new organ that supports a stronger immune system, metabolic health, and multiple intelligence function.
The critical window for building your child’s gut microbiome
Developing your child’s gut microbiome has a critical window from birth to approximately the first 4 years of life. Cesarean-born (C-section or CS-born) children have a different set of gut microbiome depleted of the beneficial human milk probiotics, such as Lactobacillus fermentum or L.fermentum which is an abundant microbe in the vaginal birth canal and in breastmilk but absent in the skin flora. This difference has been linked to higher incidence of asthma, allergies manifested as atopic dermatitis or eczema, digestive issues such as diarrhea and constipation, and even diabetes in later life.
Early nutrition intervention from birth to the first 4 years of life can make a difference in the development of your child’s gut microbiome. Breastmilk is a symbiotic food that is rich in human milk probiotics, such as Lactobacillus fermentum. Breastfed-children have been clinically shown to develop a diverse, healthy gut microbiome.
HiPP Organic CS (Combiotic Support) Kindermilk is formulated with Human Milk Probiotic (HMP) L. fermentum and Certified Organic prebiotic (food for the human milk probiotic) to help support the development of a healthy gut microbiome.
With the latest in nutrition science, HiPP selected the right probiotic with the highest survival and retention rate in the gut, clinically proven to improve a child’s gut health and reduce the rates of infection related to the gut and upper respiratory tract or a child’s upper airways.
The ABCs of Human Milk Probiotic
When you look for a probiotic ingredient, understand its type, source, safety, and any clinical evidence of its health benefits.
Lactobacillus, specifically L. fermentum is a dominant protective probiotic present in breastmilk. It is a pioneer probiotic with the highest survival in the gastric passage of the stomach. Human Milk Probiotic (HMP) has the highest retention rate in the small intestine where it can provide its health benefits. Moreover, Human Milk Probiotic (HMP) L. fermentum has also been shown to promote the growth of another probiotic, Bifidus or Bifidobacteria, resulting to a more diverse, healthy gut microbiome.
Human Milk Probiotic (HMP) L. fermentum in HiPP Organic CS Kindermilk is originally isolated from breastmilk and has passed all international health safety standards for consumption of children in milk formula supplements.
Children fed with milk formula supplement with Human Milk Probiotic (HMP) during a 6-month study revealed a 46% reduction on gastrointestinal infections, 26% reduction on total respiratory infections, 27% reduction on upper respiratory tract infections, and 72% reduction on recurrent respiratory infections. More importantly, the odds of having an occurrence of gastrointestinal infection was almost 3 times lower than children fed with milk formula supplement with no HMP.
Lastly, the milk formula supplement containing Human Milk Probiotic (HMP) L. fermentum is well-tolerated by children, as shown by longer quality and length of sleep, less colic episodes, and no regurgitation. When awake, children were shown to be physically active and mentally alert.
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