ProVen for your baby
Your baby needs friendly bacteria to help support bacterial balance in the gut as the microbiome develops immediately following birth and for the first 2-3 years of infancy.
The most common and well-known strains of friendly bacteria are lactobacillus, acidophilus and bifidobacteria and supplementing them can help to increase the numbers of friendly bacteria in the microbiome. ProVen Probiotics pregnancy and baby products contain these strains and have been shown in research to be safe in pregnancy and newborn babies.
As your baby develops throughout pregnancy, low numbers of foetal and placental bacteria from the mother have been detected and this is considered to be part of the preparation of the baby’s immune system for the outside world.
In addition, during the last trimester (3 months) of pregnancy, the mother’s intestinal bacteria are transferred to breast tissue in preparation for breast milk production. This ‘mammary microbiota’ development peaks just prior to birth and remains at relatively constant levels throughout breastfeeding.
Supporting the mother’s gut bacteria during pregnancy may be beneficial for both of these processes.
Development of the infant’s gut microbiota starts immediately as the baby is born – at birth, the GI tract of healthy newborn babies is considered to be sterile and the baby acquires his or her gut bacteria from the environment it is born into.
For babies born vaginally, the first colonisation is from their mother’s vaginal, skin and rectal microflora. For infants born via caesarean section (C- section), these bacteria come from skin and the hospital environment.
Thus, the gut bacteria of babies born via C-section is significantly different to that of infants born vaginally and this difference is increasingly being shown to have an impact on health and immunity throughout life.
The development of the baby’s microbiome is also influenced by diet – a few hours after birth the beneficial bacteria start to colonise in the infant’s gut, helping to reinforce the gut barrier and support immunity.
Breast milk provides the baby with the mother’s microflora and prebiotic oligosaccharides, fibres which feed the microflora and help them colonise.
During the last trimester of pregnancy, the mother’s intestinal bacteria are transferred to breast tissue in preparation for breast milk production and the ‘mammary microbiota’ levels remain relatively constant throughout breastfeeding.
The composition of breast milk also reflects the mother’s health and diet. Providing both mother and baby with a probiotic supplement during breastfeeding may help to optimise the bacterial colonisation of the infant’s GI tract.
If the infant is formula fed, he or she will not receive the ‘mammary microbiota’ and will be dependent solely on formula milk for nutrition until weaning begins around 6 months of age.
Supplementing with research-backed probiotic bacteria and prebiotic fibres may support colonisation of the baby’s GI tract with beneficial bacteria and help to ensure a balanced microbiota.
The World Health Organisation recommends that babies are exclusively breast fed for the first six months of life, after which they are slowly weaned onto solid foods to meet their increased energy and nutrient needs.
Whilst foods such as fruits, vegetables and plain yoghurt can help to provide some prebiotics and probiotics, continuing to supplement probiotics will also help to support the development of the infant microbiome during weaning.
Swansea Baby Trial
Our Swansea Baby Study involved more than 450 mother-baby pairs over five years and the Lab4b probiotic bacteria used in the ProVen Probiotics pregnancy and infant products was shown to be completely safe for use during pregnancy and for newborn babies.
Below, Dr Nigel Plummer, a world-renowned expert in the field of probiotics, explains the ground-breaking importance of the Swansea Baby Trial.
ProVen Pregnancy products can be used throughout pregnancy to support mother and baby.
ProVen Baby products can be given to your baby from birth. Dairy free, gluten free, vegetarian and vegan products available.
The only group of friendly bacteria shown in research to be safe during pregnancy and newborn babies.
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