Probiotic and Prebiotic in Infant Nutrition Supports Babies Health Revealed in New Scientific Evidence


We all know that the mother's breast milk is the best source of nutrition for newborns and infants. If possible, exclusive breastfeeding is recommended within the first hour after birth up to six months of age. Breastfeeding complemented with solid foods can be continued up to two years or beyond.

Studies about the nutritional composition and benefits of breast milk never stops. In a recent round table discussion I attended at Holiday Inn Makati, Dr. Eduardo Lopez-Huertas from the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) shared with us new scientific evidence regarding the combination of probiotic and prebiotic in infant nutrition and how it supports the health of the babies.



Recent studies published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition & Pharmacological Research reveal that a combination of the probiotic lactobacillus fermentum and prebiotic galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) given to babies over a six-month period significantly reduced the rate of gastrointestinal and respiratory infection in babies between 6-12 months of age. In addition, it was demonstrated that l.fermentum was safe and well tolerated in babies from 1-12 months of age. As a secondary outcome, the consumption of the combination of l.fermentum and GOS improved the health of infants (1-6 months) by reducing the incidence of gastrointestinal infections by 71%. 

Breastmilk is the gold standard in infant nutrition and exclusive breastfeeding is the recommended way of feeding infants. The new study shows that, if breastfeeding is not possible due to the mother’s condition, infant nutrition may be an alternative. Breastmilk contains lactic acid bacteria like bifidobacteria and lactobacillus, including l.fermentum, and prebiotics containing galactose. The administration of l.fermentum in infant nutrition to babies between 6-12 months of age produced reductions of gastrointestinal infections (46%) and reductions of upper respiratory infections (27%) such as common cold, pharyngitis, tonsillitis. 

Combination support of probiotic l.fermentum & GOS and CS born-babies 


During birth, bacteria, including probiotics, are transferred from mother to baby as it passes through the vaginal canal. The presence of good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract protects the baby from diseases and infections. 

Women who deliver babies by CS are less likely to breastfeed or delay breastfeeding initiation. It has been shown that CS-born babies possess less beneficial bacteria and more potentially pathogenic bacteria in the gut. This increases the risk of diseases later on in life like asthma or atopic dermatitis. For CS-born babies who cannot be breastfed, infant nutrition containing a combination of l.fermentum and GOS may be considered. 

“For babies who cannot be breastfed, the combination of the breastmilk probiotic l.fermentum and the prebiotic GOS in infant nutrition presents advantages regarding community-acquired infections mainly gastrointestinal infections. In addition, for babies born by CS who cannot be breastfed a formula with pre and probiotics should be considered due to its possible benefits,” said Dr. Eduardo Lopez-Huertas, a research scientist and author of published clinical researches on babies’ nutrition and health.

16 comments:

  1. It is so cool that when you are breastfeeding whatever you are taking goes through the breast milk and helps people. I didn't know about the brith and of c sections.

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  2. How interesting! I did breastfeed my kids, and they are pretty healthy, which I am grateful for.

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  3. I breastfed all of my kids for a short while. I would have continued but I never seemed to provide enough milk for some reason and their pediatrician would ultimately put them on formula.

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  4. It is natural duty of a mother that she breastfeeds her child. Unfortunately, some are not willing to do it. Hope sister readers will understand the importance of breastfeeding.

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  5. This is an interesting read. I think we need to understand that some women can and some can't however hard they may try and find ways to support both sets of women and see them as equals.

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  6. Breastfeeding is liquid gold! But it's so difficult... it's reassuring to have substitutes. adding probiotics can definitely help reducing infections and promoting the gut flora.

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  7. Very informative post. I hope that more women understand the importance of breastfeeding and if there are challenges, that there would be adequate support from the healthcare system.

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  8. How interesting! I didn't think there was much of a difference between those who give birth through c-section and vaginal. Interesting to read about the way bacteria can help throughout the birth canal.

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  9. I don't have any kids yet but this was very interesting to read!
    xo, Sondra
    Cuisineandtravel.com

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  10. Breast feeding is definitely a great way of nutrition for kiddos. This was a lot of great information!

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  11. I was able to breastfeed all of my babies, but I know that isn't always the case. Glad research is being done to make sure all the babies are getting the most nutrition possible.

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  12. These are great information. I definitely agree breast feeding is great for babies. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. This post was very interesting. I learned a lot for someone who's had 3 children already! Thanks for sharing, breastfeeding is an important top to spread awareness about.

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  14. I was not breastfeed and I was a sivk baby my mother told me but she had a heart problem when she had it. My immune system took time to grow strong on formula. But breasfeeding is amazing for bothe the mommy and baby.

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  15. Great information to read. This must be helpful for moms and soon-to-be moms out there.

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  16. Intestinal infections are other types of infections that can occur as a result of taking probiotics. Anybody who gets symptoms of infection after taking the supplement should call their doctor.where to buy probiotics

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