Probiotics and your baby's health

  • A balance of good bacteria is important in your baby’s digestive system
  • Probiotics may help support digestive health and the developing immune system
  • Breastmilk is an important source of beneficial or good bacteria, like probiotics
  • B. lactis and L. reuteri are two types of beneficial bacteria, like those found in breastmilk, and are safe for healthy babies

Did you know there are actually more bacterial cells in our body than human cells? We’re with ya, pretty kooky. Keeping a balance of good bacteria is important to your health — and to your baby’s.

The balance of good and bad bacteria in your baby’s gut is affected by many things — including whether he is breastfed or formula-fed, delivered vaginally or by cesarean section, and his environment.

Breastmilk naturally has good bacteria and other factors that help support a healthy immune and digestive system for your little one.

The scoop
Probiotics are certain types of live microorganisms, like the good bacteria found in breastmilk, which may provide digestive and immune benefits when you consume enough.

Safe and sound
We’ve got you covered, mama. Humans have consumed probiotics for hundreds of years, and L. reuteri  and B. lactis are two that have been well-researched for use by infants and children. Both probiotics have been recognized as safe to be fed to a healthy baby from birth.

How they help
Different probiotics have different benefits, so there’s no one-size-fits-all deal. For instance, while many probiotics may support digestive health, very few have been shown to cut down on crying time.

Both B. lactis and L. reuteri have been shown to help support a balance of good bacteria in your baby’s digestive system.


What’s right for your little one?

Breastfed babies
Breastmilk naturally provides many good bacteria. If your baby cries often or seems “colicky,” he may benefit from getting L. reuteri in Gerber Soothe® Probiotic Colic Drops, which have been clinically shown to reduce crying time by 50% in colicky, breastfed infants.*

Formula-fed babies
For babies who are not 100% breastfed, the choice of formula is important. Studies have shown that adding B. lactis to infant formula may help support a healthy digestive system and a healthy immune system. Consider Gerber® Good Start® Gentle® Stage 1 & 2.

Formula-fed babies who have colic, excessive crying and fussiness might benefit from an infant formula with L. reuteri. Consider Gerber® Good Start® Soothe® Stage 1.

Did you know?

A great way to get L. reuteri is through Gerber® Good Start® Soothe Stage 1 Infant Formula or Gerber Soothe® Probiotic Colic Drops. It’s like giving a big hug to baby’s tummy, and we’re the only brand that has L. reuteri in our infant formulas!

The pros of probiotics are short-term as long as you consume them, so stick to it daily!

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