Hey all you baby mamas out there!
We’ve all heard how being exposed to everyday bacteria can help your baby develop a strong immune system, but it turns out theres a whole lot more to it than that
Let’s delve a little deeper into the ooey gooey stuff you may not yet know..
The 3 key stages for your baby to form its immune system:
Your baby actually begins to acquire its gut bacteria well before it’s born – from your digestive system. This is affected by your maternal diet and lifestyle, so it is imperative you are making sure your gut health is at a good level.
Lack of good gut bacteria in newborns has been linked to an increased risk of the child developing different types of illnesses, allergies and disorders such as autism. In fact, children with autism have been found to have fewer types of gut bacteria than those who do not have the disorder.
Bacteria is found in amniotic fluid, umbilical cord blood, and the placenta, and the gut microbes of a fetus are directly affected by maternal probiotic useage. By ensuring your gut is in perfect balance with The Perfect Blend, you are giving your baby an excellent immune system advantage before its even born, not to mention vital nutrients.
During birth, mothers inoculate their newborns with various strains of bacteria that are essential to provide a foundation for the future of the infant’s health. These are predominantly the friendly Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus; our key ingredients in The Perfect Blend.
Babies delivered naturally are coated in these bifidobacteria through the birthing canal, and research has shown that there are much more of these good bacteria present in naturally born babies, compared to their cesarean born counterparts.
The presence of the good bacteria are then intensified in the infant’s system through their consumption of breast milk. Over 90% of the microbial count in a breast-fed infant’s intestinal tract is composed of the highly beneficial bifidobacteria. Formula-fed babies therefore have different gut flora from those who are breast-fed, and with the lack of probiotics being consumed naturally, are more likely to have their gut colonized with pathogenic bacteria. Formula also changes the acidity in the baby’s gut, making it more inhabitable for certain types of pathogenic bacteria.
One of the greatest effects of human milk is the “protective coating” it imparts within the newborn’s immature gut. Because babies are born without tight junctures between the cells of the intestinal lining, pathogens are more likely to get through these gaps and cause problems for the baby’s health. Breast milk acts as a lining to prevent this happening. This is also why it’s important to hold off on feeding them solids for a while, as it’s important to wait for these gut closures to occur.
So, what can I do?
Many factors come into play in modern society and your little one is often not exposed to enough of these vital bacteria, nor do we have enough present in our own systems. Studies have shown the number of these bacteria present even in breast fed infants are declining, as they are not being passed on to our babies through our own bodies, let alone the alarmingly low numbers present in the systems of formular-fed babies, or those exposed to antibiotics and other bacterial killers.
Without these key bifidobacteria, a strong healthy immune system cannot be built, allowing more chance for the presence of pathogens including unfriendly bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites to grow. It is so important to ensure both you and your baby are getting prebiotics, probiotics and vital whole food nutrients right from the start.
And what’s more, a healthy gut balances your hormones effectively, ensuring you feel good, emotionally balanced, energetic and on your toes so you can keep up with that little one!