Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for healthy growth and development of babies. Good maternal nutrition helps sustain an adequate supply and quality of breast milk. Unnecessary introduction of bottle-feeding, partially or fully, or of other complementary foods and drinks may have a negative impact on breastfeeding, which may be irreversible. Consult your doctor and consider the social and financial implications before deciding to use breast milk substitutes or if you have difficulty breastfeeding. Follow usage, preparation and storage instructions of breast milk substitutes or of other complementary foods and drinks carefully as improper or unnecessary use may pose a health hazard.
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are beneficial to our health because they keep our digestive system healthy. Probiotics compete with harmful bacteria for nutrients, and as a result, prevents them from multiplying and causing diseases. This will help to create a balanced environment for your digestive system.
There are about 10,000 billion beneficial and harmful bacteria in children's intestines.
With the different kinds of bacteria living within our digestive tracts, certain illnesses can knock the balance between the good and bad bacteria off, and probiotics can help to restore that balance. Having probiotics in your child’s digestive tract also supports the immune system, decreasing the amount of bad bacteria that could cause infection or inflammation.
Research has also shown that probiotics can be helpful for children with irritable bowel syndrome, various intestinal symptoms including abdominal pain, cramps, constipation, bloating and diarrhoea. Additional benefits include:
Providing antibacterial effects
Compete with harmful bacteria for nutrition.
Create an acidic environment in the intestines to eliminate pathogenic organisms.
Protecting the intestinal mucosa
Prevent the spread of harmful bacteria with a layer of mucus particles.
Create a strong barrier with mucous cells against harmful bacteria.
Distribute anti-inflammatory particles to the intestines.
Improve intestinal microbiota.
Balancing intestinal bacteria
Decrease lactose intolerance to prevent flatulence and indigestion.
Probiotics are naturally found in our bodies, and can be found in foods, or taken as supplements to aid digestion. There are two main categories of probiotic foods: dairy and fermented foods. Some foods that are rich in probiotics include: