Recently, I learned something about breastmilk that truly surprised me: there are ingredients in breastmilk that your baby can’t actually digest. What?! I know, right??
Y’all ready to get science-y with me real quick while I break this down? Let’s go.
The ingredient in breastmilk that babies cannot digest is called Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOs). HMOs are special carbohydrates that are food for baby’s gut bacteria.
One key beneficial bacteria, B. infantis, is unique and able to capture all these carbohydrates that might otherwise be wasted, consuming them fully (allowing B. infantis to grow and protect baby’s gut), and convert them into essential nutrients that are critical for baby’s developing metabolism and immune system.
Still with me? Just checking. 😉
What all of this basically boils down to is that your breastfed baby needs B. infantis for a healthy gut. The bad news? 9 out of 10 babies are missing B. infantis. *Sad face*
For thousands and thousands of years, B. infantis passed from mom to baby during childbirth. Unfortunately, C-section delivery interrupts this transfer, and antibiotics hurt good bacteria along with the bad. Across generations, use of these important medical practices means that most moms no longer have this vital bacteria to pass along to their babies.
But! Good news alert, y’all.
Evivo, a probiotic specifically for breastfed babies, contains good bacteria B. infantis, which fully utilizes breast milk to protect baby’s gut from potentially harmful bacteria linked to higher risk of colic, eczema, allergies, diabetes, and obesity.
Adding B. infantis to our girl’s breastfed diet makes me feel like we are really doing everything possible to set her up for a healthy future. To learn more about Evivo and how it can help out your little one, head here.
Bonus: $$$ saving alert! Right now, Evivo is actually offering $10 off an Evivo Probiotics Starter Kit of 4 weeks or more!
If you’re a nursing mama and are interested in giving your babe’s sweet little gut some much needed B. infantis, go here, hit “shop” in the upper right corner, and use Code BLOG4051 at checkout. 😉