Baby Probiotics: Everything You Need to Know

November 15, 2021

Baby Probiotics: Everything You Need to Know

Updated 01/21/22

As you spend time researching the best nutrition for your baby you will find that a hot topic has been the addition of probiotics in baby formula.

Widely known as being good for a baby’s gut and for boosting immunity, probiotics are beneficial bacteria that balance out the potentially harmful microbes living in infants’ digestive tracts.

The best baby probiotics are said to help with common conditions such as colic, eczema, and antibiotic-associated diarrhea.

What Are Probiotics?

The human body, infants to adults, is full of bacteria and microorganisms, both good and bad.

Probiotics are often called "good" or "helpful" bacteria because they promote general health, improve digestion, and boost the immune system.

Natural Good Bacteria

An infant’s microbiome is populated naturally during the first days of life and can be maintained in a variety of ways.

During Delivery

When a baby is born vaginally, they are exposed to an immense quantity of beneficial bacteria in the mother’s vaginal canal. This natural bacterium helps your baby to establish colonies of gut bacteria.

Skin-to-Skin Contact

This bonding time is extremely important for all newborn babies' health and well-being in immeasurable ways but one of which is a particularly vital role for babies born via cesarean delivery.

For little ones not exposed to their mother's good bacteria during delivery, skin-to-skin offers an opportunity for this transfer.

Breast Milk

Human breast milk is rich in probiotics, particularly Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium Infantis. These readily available healthy bacteria are transferred from mother to baby through mothers' milk.

European Baby Formula

European baby formulas are designed to meet every need nutritional and digestive. This careful thought includes the addition of probiotics in many European baby formulas.

Benefits of Probiotics

An infant's delicate system can easily experience upsets that can disturb the healthy bacteria in an infant’s gut. The use of antibiotics, food allergies and childhood illness are just a few ways that may lead to an unhealthy gut bacteria propagation.

An imbalance of good and bad bacteria can cause a number of distressing symptoms in your baby such as:

X Diarrhea

X Constipation

X Allergies

X Colic

X Eczema

Added probiotics can assist your baby’s body in remedying and/or preventing these symptoms by balancing and activating the immune system.

There are three top probiotic strains for babies. Each with properties that soothe digestive worries and help to calm and reduce pain in your little one.

Bifidobacterium Bifidum, which aids digestion and nutrient absorption, in turn can be helpful with constipation, diarrhea, and infant skin conditions such as eczema and yeast infections.

Bifidobacterium Infantis is a strain most prevalent in infants. Supports overall health

and digestion. This form of probiotics reduces inflammation and supports immune function.

Lactobacillus Rheuteri has been found to help children ages 6-36 months to have

nearly 1/3 fewer cases of diarrhea and 1/2 as many respiratory infections.

Are Infant Probiotics Safe?

In a high-quality, human study, newborn babies were given either baby formula that had been supplemented with a probiotic in the form of bifidobacterium, standard baby formula, or were breastfed. The results were encouraging and have set the standard for further studies and have now proven to be a safe and effective way to balance and maintain a healthy gut in infants.

Here are some of the more interesting facts:

At 1-month of age

Babies who were given the probiotic baby formula had a similar amount of bifidobacteria in their gut as that of breastfed babies, which was a significantly higher amount than in the babies receiving the standard formula.

In follow up 28-day study

Babies who cried excessively and fussed were given infant probiotics and had a significantly lower incidence of crying and fussing than the babies who were given a placebo treatment.

Although few studies mentioned are not specifically focused on the safety of probiotics, they have an extensive history of safe consumption by both infants in a clinical study without any harmful side effects.

After all, probiotics are found naturally in all infants

Probiotics for Infants

Starting at the first day of life, there are a variety of reasons to add probiotics to your infant's daily routine. Some of these reasons include but are not limited to; when a baby is born by cesarean, being exposed to antibiotics (during birth or after birth), and when your little one’s nutrition is not balanced.

These factors among others can disrupt the gut microbe in little ones and lead to tummy troubles that are hard on the whole family.

It is incredibly important in the first year to allow baby access to probiotics that can help bring stability and healthy natural growth of beneficial bacteria within your baby's digestive system.

Offer probiotic-rich foods (6 months+)

Safe options include pasteurized yogurt, kefir, and any probiotic rich solid food that your doctor has agreed is safe.

Get outside and play

Dirt is one of the best sources of healthy gut bacteria. Allowing your little one to play in the dirt is a wonderful way to increase exposure.

Believe it or not, soils contain probiotics known as Bacillus which are not easily obtained from food sources.

Infant Probiotic supplement

There are many probiotic supplements on the market that are tasteless and blend easily into the formula or pumped breast milk.

Remember to add the probiotic supplement after preparing the formula, since the heat is likely to kill off the beneficial bacteria if added prior to warming.
If probiotic supplementation is the direction you want to go, we recommend checking with your pediatrician for the right one.

Best Baby Probiotics

Your little one’s nutrition plays a vital role in helping your infant to obtain beneficial gut bacteria and protecting the healthy gut microbiome as it is developed.

If formula-feeding, using a probiotic-enriched formula with organic natural ingredients can set the foundation for happiness and health today and a solid foundation for future wellbeing.

European baby formulas are designed to meet every need nutritional and digestive. This careful thought includes the addition of probiotics in many European baby formulas.

HiPP Baby Formulas

HiPP Organic Baby Formula Company understands how essential it is to provide babies with safe, wholesome nutrition for all families. With their high-quality standards and wide selection of formulas, HiPP makes a fantastic addition to any baby’s diet.

HiPP European baby formulas contain the natural probiotic L. fermentum hereditum® that was originally isolated from human milk.

 Designed for infants who experience flatulence, colic, constipation, and may be allergy-prone, HiPP Comfort has probiotics to complement the 86-87% hydrolyzed protein.

HiPP Special Comfort

Age:   0 months +


Size:   600g / 21oz


Why Choose?

Prebiotics & Probiotics for healthy digestion, Reduced lactose content, Hydrolzed milk protein

HiPP German Organic Combiotic

HiPP German Combiotic is the only producer of baby formula that can draw on more than 20 years of experience in the production of organic infant milk.

HiPP organic quality is subject to considerably stricter criteria than those stipulated by law. HiPP German has natural prebiotics and probiotics for added digestive protection.

HiPP German Stage 1 Combiotik

Age:   0-6 Months


Size:   600g / 21oz


Why Choose?

Prebiotics/probiotics for better digestion, DHA/ARA, and starch for fuller tummies

HiPP Dutch Organic Combiotic

Supporting the development of a healthy intestinal microbiota with its synbiotic composition that includes probiotics naturally sourced, HiPP Dutch Organic Combiotic helps to break down any allergy-causing bacteria.

HiPP Dutch Stage 1

Age:   0-6 months


Size:   800g / 28.22oz


Why Choose?

Prebiotics & Probiotics for healthy digestion, No Maltodextrin, Skimmed Milk

As your older infant adds solid nutrition to their diet probiotics are more crucial than ever.

HiPP Kindermilch is intended to be used as your little one transitions to a cup. This high calorie formula has the optimal balance of nutrients to support eye, bone, cognitive health, and gut health all while keeping up with the high energy needs of these busy years.

HiPP Kindermilch 1+

Age:   1 Year Plus


Size:   600g / 21oz


Why Choose?

Prebiotics & Probiotics for healthy digestion, plus no Starch or Soy

Organic Goat Formula

The most sensitive babies need the best ingredients formulated to meet the digestive and nutritional needs of babies with the most delicate systems.

European Goat formulas contain less lactose than cow's milk by approximately half a percent and are easier to digest fatty acids.

When you add probiotics to the natural benefits of goat milk baby formula your baby will have relief from gas, bloating, and other digestive issues.

Jovie Goat Milk Formula

Jovie goat milk is specially designed for little ones with sensitive tummies. Providing critical nutrients similar to breast milk, goat’s milk formula is a great alternative to cow's milk formula.

For the first time in European goat milk formulas, we see galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) added directly to the formula, which is a dietary fiber that promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria.

GOS helps with constipation in immature digestive systems and has a positive influence on the development of your baby’s immune system.

Jovie Goat Stage 1

Age:   0-6 months


Size:   800g / 28.22oz


Why Choose?

A2 Whole Organic Goat Milk, No Palm Oil, No Coconut Oil, GOS (probiotics), English Label

Probiotics For Kids

The presence of beneficial bacteria in your baby’s immature digestive system has a profound impact on health, immunity, and long-term well-being.

My Organic Company proudly carries European baby formulas that support a healthy gut microbiome from birth through toddler years.

To talk about the latest in baby probiotics, breastfeeding alternatives or formula combination feeding please join us in the HiPP Holle Kendamil & European Baby Formula Parent Community. This is a space we created just for families like yours!

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