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    How To Feed Your Baby Probiotics

    How To Feed Your Baby Probiotics

    Being a bit of a nutrition geek, I started researching how to feed a baby well before I had even met my mate! I have been waiting to feed my baby healthy probiotic foods for a long time.

    When Olivia arrived, it turned out that I was a little nervous to start – she seemed so tiny and vulnerable! I found that I didn’t want to give her anything but breast milk. But, I quickly snapped out of it and started sauerkraut juice and coconut water kefir within weeks.

    In this video you’ll see me:

    1. Show you how to feed your baby probiotic-rich foods like kefir and sauerkraut
    2. Get a cute view of my baby girl!

    Why would you feed your baby probiotics?

    There are a couple of scenarios in which it’s a good idea to feed your baby probiotics in order to protect their long-term health:

    • In the case of Caesarean birth, to inoculate the baby’s body with beneficial microflora
    • In the case of a mother with chronic illness, to grow healthy beyond the limits of her compromised microbiome
    • In the case of a mother with a history of birth control, steroids, antibiotics or the Standard American Diet
    • In colicky babies, to promote good digestion
    • In babies who catch colds and other childhood illnesses easily, to support a robust immune system

    For those of you who (like me) want your babies to be “super babies”, then you’ll probably want to feed them probiotics regardless of whether you fit into a category above!

    After all, these raw, fermented foods are a natural and traditional part of the human diet. It’s only in recent history that we’ve stopped consuming them regularly with each meal.

    Including wild ferments into the diet from an early age will promote a robust microbiome for life!

     

    What You’ll Need:

    10 ml syringe, or small spoon
    Coconut Water Kefir and/or Sauerkraut Juice

    When she was an infant, I would simply fill the syringe with 1-2 milliliters of the liquid, and slowly squirt it into her mouth as she sucked on the syringe. I increased the dose as she aged.

    In my opinion, you can give up to 10 ml every day, once they are about 1-2 months old, and more if they like it!

    I now put a couple teaspoons into her water bottles and foods. Soon I’ll start giving her other varieties of ferments as well, like water kefirs and other vegetable ferments.

     

    Learn More About Feeding Babies Probiotics:

    Learn about the benefits of Coconut Water Kefir and other fermented drinks, and how to use them for babies and children, from:

    Donna Gates Young Green Coconut Kefir and The Miracle of Young Coconut Kefir for the Gut

    The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care by Sally Fallon

     

    My Sources for Coconut Kefir and Sauerkraut Juice:

    In the video I’m using “Tummy Tamer” from Real Food Devotee. She sent me the original, without the spices.

    And I use coconut water kefir from Culture Club 101!

     

    I hope you find this helpful!

    Keep taking back your health,
    Robin

    5 Responses to How To Feed Your Baby Probiotics

    1. Sandy Suty August 19, 2018 at 3:32 pm #

      Thank you for sharing your knowledge Robin. Olivia is so beautiful!

      • Robin Shirley August 20, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

        Thank you Sandy 🙂

    2. Susan August 19, 2018 at 6:19 pm #

      I encourage you to connect with Resources for infant Educarers (RIE) and Montessori Assistants to Infancy and Montessori parent groups

    3. Hilda Labrada Gore August 20, 2018 at 2:14 am #

      Wonderful video, Robin! Thanks for keeping it simple and real.

      • Robin Shirley August 20, 2018 at 3:38 pm #

        Thanks Hilda 🙂

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