ProVen Probiotics For Your Baby

Why Choose ProVen Probiotics For Your Baby

Our gut bacteria (microbiota) is compulsory for the normal development of our immune and digestive systems and is now known to support health throughout life.

Establishment of the gut bacteria occurs in the first 12 months of life and by the time a baby is one year old, this microbiome is set for life.

The opportunities to influence the make-up of the gut bacteria and the development of the immune system fall in this short period.

Kristine Dzene ★★★★★

"Started to give it to my baby from 8 weeks and it has helped his tummy a great deal, even after immunisation it helped him. Would highly recommended to buy if breastfeeding."

Rachel Ma ★★★★★

“We started when he was 5 months old and are now on our second bottle. After using this he has not [been] constipated at all. His eczema also faded a lot...”

How can probiotics boost your babies “good bacteria”?

Probiotics are strains of ‘good’ bacteria, which can help to support bacterial balance in the gut by increasing the numbers of beneficial bacteria.

ProVen Probiotics use the only group of friendly bacteria shown to be safe in pregnancy and newborn babies.

Probiotics during pregnancy

During Pregnancy

As your baby forms, 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.

birth

Birth

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 those 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 babies born vaginally and this difference is increasingly being shown to have an impact on health and immunity throughout life.

Feeding during the first 12 months of 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 baby’s gut, helping to reinforce the gut barrier and support immunity.

Breast feeding with probiotics

Breast Fed Babies

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 baby’s GI tract.

Formula Fed Babies

If the baby 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.

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weaning

Weaning

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 microbiome during weaning.

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 has been shown to be completely safe for use during pregnancy and for newborn babies.

Swansea Baby Trial

Dr Nigel Plummer, a world-renowned expert in the field of probiotics explains the ground-breaking importance of the Swansea Baby Trial

FAQ's

How are ProVen Probiotics different?

ProVen Probiotics contain the unique Lab4 probiotic strains. This group of strains is one of the very few probiotic cultures that have been rigourously studied over the past 15 years to demonstrate consistent health benefits ranging from allergy prevention in infants to reduction of all symptoms (bloating, pain, discomfort) in people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Other studies conducted at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge have shown that Lab4 can reduce the levels of ‘bad bacteria’ following antibiotic treatment, as well as reducing the incidence of diarrhoea caused by the ‘superbug’ Clostridium difficile.

ProVen Probiotics have also been developed based upon 30 years of research and development in probiotic bacteria and products. As well as the Lab4 bacteria, the team of scientists behind ProVen Probiotics have identified a process to add other nutrients, such as vitamins and immune enhancing ingredients such as elderberry, to the supplements without destabilising the Lab4 bacteria.

As a result, ProVen Probiotics offers a range of products that include continuously researched live bacteria and key nutrients to support health.

Are ProVen Probiotics natural?

Yes, the friendly bacteria used in all ProVen Probiotics products are naturally sourced and cultured.

My child is formula fed, but is allergic to dairy - can I give him the ProVen Probiotics for Breast Fed Babies?

Yes – it’s fine to give your baby the ProVen Probiotics for Breast Fed babies.

The only difference between the two products is that ProVen Probiotics for Formula Fed babies has added prebiotics, which are naturally present in breast milk and help the probiotic bacteria to colonise the intestine. The number of live bacteria in both products is the same – 10 billion per serving, as used in the Swansea Baby Trial.

The ProVen Formula Fed product contains two types of prebiotic fibre, GOS (galactooligosaccharides) and FOS (fructooligosaccharides). GOS is derived from the lactose in milk and, although it is unlikely to contain any lactose and does not contain any milk protein, it is derived from milk. FOS is derived from fruit and vegetables.

What is the source of the DHA in Pregnancy Plus?

ProVen Probiotics Pregnancy Plus contains an additional fish oil capsule to provide the omega 3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) to support mum and baby in pregnancy.

The omega 3 fish oil in ProVen Pregnancy Plus is derived from tuna and is a highly purified stable fish oil that meets all the requirements of Regulation 1881-2006, which clearly sets the standards in relation to mercury and other heavy metals, PCB’s, Dioxins, Furans and PAHs.

In addition to the tests the supplier conducts to ensure their compliance, we also rigorously analyse the oils at an external laboratory before using them in any of our products.