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Should I give my baby probiotic yogurt?

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Is my baby too young for probiotic yogurt? This is a question directed to many a pediatrician from a new mother. No woman in good faith wants to give their infant food that may cause them more harm and good.

The answer to this question, of course, is always a resounding “Yes, you can!” That is if your child is older than 6 months. In fact, mothers in Russia are known to feed their 6-month-old babies kefir –  a type of yogurt prepared from kefir grains made in goatskin bags.

Infants actually love yogurt! And they should because it’s yummy and it has the following health benefits:

  • Yogurt is a good source of probiotics: Breastmilk is filled with prebiotics and probiotics. As you wean your infant, those probiotics are lost unless you supply them through another food source like yogurt. Probiotic yogurt must be taken constantly because these microorganisms disappear from the intestinal tract after a while, relegating their micro flora to what it previously was. Antibiotics can also kill these beneficial bacteria in the gut making your baby susceptible to diarrhoea.
  • Yogurt is packed with Vitamin D, calcium and protein: Feeding your baby probiotic yogurt is a smart choice. Vitamin D and Calcium work in tandem to build and protect teeth and bones. Vitamin D aids the cells in the intestinal wall to absorb calcium amounts. Insufficient Vitamin D and calcium will predispose your baby to irreversible lifelong issues. Rickets is the most common consequence of this deficiency and is characterised by soft bones and a deformed skeletal structure.

Did you know that allergy related problems can be prevented during infancy? This is done by ensuring an optimal inner ecosystem during the baby’s first week.

Here’s what happens to your little bundle of joy after birth.

The amniotic fluid serves as the baby’s first introduction to bacterial colonization. A baby is further colonized by bacteria in the mother’s birth canal (in a normal delivery) or her skin (in a caesarean section).

The baby’s gut lining at this time, is permeable, to allow for the maximum nourishment of colostrum. A few hours after birth, a protective barrier forms on the baby’s mucosal lining which is further reinforced with beneficial bacteria and good yeast.

The earliest bacteria to arrive into the intestines colonize the ecosystem and build the baby’s immunity. You want the right kind of bacteria to get to your baby’s gut first, so eat a lot of fermented foods while breastfeeding during those early months.

If the protective barrier formed in your baby’s intestinal lining is not strong enough or lacks good bacteria, food and toxins leak into the blood and its body interprets this as an invasion.

Antibodies are then created against this food which results in a food allergy. This is why feeding your baby with beneficial bacteria is so important in his formative years. The baby’s gut flora is dependent on the mother’s. Unfortunately, years of sedentary living, antibiotics and high sugar foods have subjected many mothers to bad gut health.

This can be rectified of course by ingesting more fermented foods – sour uji, mursik and probiotic yogurt whose benefits can be passed on to the baby. The Immunoglobin A from breast milk also seals the baby’s gut lining and the prebiotics nourishes and promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in your baby’s intestinal tract.

Every baby’s gastrointestinal tract is as unique as his fingerprints. However, two of the most common bacteria are lactobacillus and bifidobacterium which are readily found in probiotic yogurt.

Introduce unsweetened yogurt gradually and in small amounts, making sure that every serving contains live cultures. Tuti probiotic yogurt is naturally sweetened with cane sugar and has aloe vera as one of its additives. Aloe vera is extremely beneficial for your baby, it has anti-inflammatory properties and is packed with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that are crucial for baby’s growth.

If you would like to start your baby on a good path of health, make an order.

 

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