Probiotic Combo During Pregnancy, Lactation May Reduce Colic in Babies
A recent study suggests that taking a high-dose multi-strain probiotic supplement during late pregnancy and lactation may reduce colic and regurgitation in infants.
Participants in the study included 66 pregnant women who were given either a probiotic supplement containing 900 billion viable bacteria of Lactobacilli paracasei DSM 24735, L. delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus DSM 24735, Bifidobacterium longum DSM 24736, B. breve DSM 24732, B. infantis DSM 24737, and Streptococcus thermophilus DSM 24731 or a placebo starting at week 36 of gestation and continuing until four weeks after birth.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted a significant impact on IL6 levels in the colostrum as well as IL10 and TGF-beta1 mean values in mature breast milk. Additionally, sIgA levels in the feces of the newborns was higher in the probiotic group, when compared with the placebo. Finally, the researchers noted lower incidence of colic and regurgitation in the probiotic group, when compared with the placebo.
Researchers from the University of Bari conducted the study. It was published on October 27, 2016, in the journal Nutrients.
While probiotics are most commonly linked to improving digestion and gut health, they have also been shown to have other health benefits, including a stronger immune system, and a reduced risk of chronic disease.