For your baby

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Optibac 'For your baby' is a high-quality, liquid live cultures supplement specially developed for use from birth onwards. Contains Bifidobacterium breve M-16V®, which has been scientifically researched in thousands of newborns & babies. 

For your baby wins NPPA Award

Live Bacteria Strains

  • Bifidobacterium breve M-16V®
  • Product Description

  • How To Use

  • Ingredients

  • Help & Advice

  • Reviews

  • Delivery & Returns

  • Product Description

    Who is Optibac 'For Your Baby’ for?

    Food supplement for newborns from birth onwards; infants, babies and young children. Suitable for both breastfed and formula-fed babies. Suitable for use alongside medication for colic.

    Key benefits

    • Contains world-renowned Bifidobacterium breve M-16V® live bacteria strain
    • Strain naturally occurs in the human body & is uniquely adapted to reside in humans
    • Complements the gut flora naturally present in your baby's digestive system 
    • Clinically trialled in numerous gold-standard clinical trials in thousands of babies and young children
    • Proven to be safe for babies and children
    • Helps maintain balance in the baby’s gut flora by increasing levels of Bifidobacteria
    • 1 billion CFU of friendly bacteria per serving, guaranteed until end of expiry
    • Proven to reach the gut alive
    • Easy-to-use dropper - administer directly into baby’s mouth, on a spoon or mix into cold milk or food
    • Suitable for vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free or gluten-free diets
    • Free from GMOs and soy; no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives
    • Recommended for daily use
    • Winner of 2020 National Parenting Product Awards and Nutra Ingredients Asia Award 2019 for Ingredient of the Year: Infant Nutrition
    • From the UK’s most trusted & recommended brand of friendly bacteria supplements. As determined in an independent survey of 1000 British women+

    Available in one pack size of 30 servings – serving size 0.3 ml (8 drops) as indicated on the dropper.


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    Customer questions

    All questions answered by probiotic expert Kerry Beeson BSc (Nut. Med.) Nutritional Therapist.

    What are baby live cultures?

    Live cultures for babies are dietary supplements that use good bacteria strains naturally present in the baby’s gut, often including strains of Bifidobacteria. These supplements can help to maintain balance in the gut flora.

    Can I, or should, I give my baby live cultures?

    You can give ‘For your baby’ to your newborn from birth onwards. 'For your baby' is a natural, gentle supplement, suitable throughout infancy and for many dietary requirements. Research has shown that giving certain friendly bacteria strains, such as Bifidobacterium breve M-16V® to infants can help to increase levels of Bifidobacteria in the gut1,2.

    How do I choose the best live cultures for my baby?

    When choosing a live cultures supplement for your baby, you need to feel confident that it is safe and suitable for the infant microbiome3. ‘For your baby’ contains an award-winning friendly bacteria strain which has been tested in over 4000 newborn infants4, babies, and young children5, and it is ideal for use in both formula-fed and breastfed babies.


    1. Li, Y et al. (2004). Effects of Bifidobacterium breve supplementation on intestinal flora of low birth weight infants. Pediatr. Int, 46: 509-515
    2. Chua, MC et al. (2017). Effect of synbiotic on the gut microbiota of Cesarean delivered infants. A randomised, double blind, multicenter study. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 65 (1): 102-106.
    3. Abe F, Muto M, Yaeshima T, et al. Safety evaluation of probiotic bifidobacteria by analysis of mucin degradation activity and translocation ability. Anaerobe. 2010;16(2):131-136. doi:10.1016/j.anaerobe.2009.07.006
    4. Athalye-Jape G, Rao S, Simmer K, Patole S. Bifidobacterium breve M-16V as a Probiotic for Preterm Infants: A Strain-Specific Systematic Review. J Parenter Enter Nutr. 2018;42(4):677-688. doi:10.1177/0148607117722749
    5. Van Der Aa LB, Van Aalderen WMC, Heymans HSA, et al. Synbiotics prevent asthma-like symptoms in infants with atopic dermatitis. Allergy Eur J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011;66(2):170-177. doi:10.1111/j.1398-9995.2010.02416.x

  • How To Use

    Recommended dose

    For best results give 8 drops daily. One dose consists of a minimum of 1 billion live Bifidobacterium breve M-16V®. Do not exceed recommended daily dosage.

    Instructions for use

    Shake bottle well before each use - separation is natural.

    Discard original lid.

    Give 0.3ml as indicated on dropper (8 drops) in any of the following ways:

    • Directly into the mouth*
    • On a spoon
    • In a bottle of formula milk or expressed breast milk
    • On a clean finger (one drop at a time)
    • On the nipple (a drop or two at a time)
    • For older children, mix the drops into cool food or drinks

    Do not wash the dropper.

    Storage instructions

    *Refrigerate if using dropper directly into the mouth – otherwise no refrigeration necessary when stored in a cool, dry place below 25°C. Once the bottle has been opened, use within 30 days.

    Customer questions

    All questions answered by probiotic expert Kerry Beeson BSc (Nut. Med.) Nutritional Therapist.

    How do I give live cultures to a breastfed baby?

    It can be tricky giving supplements to a breastfed baby, but ‘For your baby’ makes this simple. The easy-to-use dropper allows you to either gently drop the liquid into baby’s mouth, on a nipple or clean finger, give it on a spoon, or add it to a cool, non-acidic drink.

    When is the best time of day to give baby live cultures?

    It’s best to give friendly bacteria in the morning with the first feed or meal of the day. This helps to ensure that the bacteria pass safely through your baby’s tummy and into the gut.

    For how long should my baby take live cultures?

    Whether your baby is newborn, one month old, or one year old, ‘For your baby’ is designed for daily, ongoing use.

    Can you give a baby too many live cultures?

    Live cultures are very safe for babies and you cannot ‘overdose’, so don’t worry about giving them too much. However, there’s no reason to use more than they need. ‘For your baby’ gives the recommended dose of 1 billion live cultures in just 8, easy-to-administer drops.


    Live cultures are not recommended for those with serious medical conditions e.g. those who are severely immunosuppressed, have pancreatitis, are in the ICU, have melaena, have a central venous catheter, infants with short bowel syndrome, or patients with open wounds following major surgery; unless under a doctor's care. Keep out of reach of children.

    This is a food supplement and is not intended to prevent, treat or diagnose any medical conditions. Probiotic supplements should not be used as a substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle. If you are taking any medications or have a serious medical condition, consult a doctor before use. Optibac supplements will not cause dependency and may be used on an ongoing basis.

  • Ingredients


    • Medium chain triglyceride oil (plant source)
    • Live cultures: Bifidobacterium breve M-16V®
    • Emulsifier: mono and diglycerides of fatty acids (plant source).

    Net volume: 10 ml

    Check bottom of pack for Best Before Date.

    Sugar free. Suitable for vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free or soy-free diets. GMO free.
    Free from artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives typically found in other food & drinks containing probiotics. No chemicals or parabens.

    This product should not be used as a substitute for a varied diet.

    Customer questions

    All questions answered by probiotic expert Kerry Beeson BSc (Nut. Med.) Nutritional Therapist.

    Is ‘For your baby’ a dairy-free and vegan supplement?

    Yes, ‘For your baby’ is dairy-free and vegan. This means it is one of the best good bacteria supplements for babies with lactose intolerance or a milk allergy.

  • Help & Advice

    Talk to our experts

    If you have a specific question or need some advice on which product to choose please contact our Nutrition Team on +44 (0) 1264 318 881 or click on the link below for our contact form.

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  • Reviews

    Customer reviews

    • An excellent probiotic for babies. Extremely easy to administer and consumed without even noticing. I would highly recommend to anyone considering trying probiotics, you won't look back!

      Rosie Sprake - 9th March 2021

    • I am really pleased that I came across these prebiotics!! It had never crossed my mind that these would be something that would help my baby in many ways. I tried the drops and after a couple of weeks she is sleeping again, we both are!! I cant say for definate if its these drops, but I'll I'll definately be carrying on with them!

      Gemma Wright - 27th February 2021

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    • We have been using For your baby probiotic drops since my little one was five months old (now 11 months). We started to give them to him to help repair his gut as we identified him as having dairy and soya intolerances. Over the course of a few weeks we noticed some improvement in him being more comfortable. Although it’s hard to pinpoint the exact reason, we do feel that these drops have had a positive effect and helped him. They are really easy to give him, perfect when breastfeeding, and he enjoys taking them directly. I would recommend them to parents of babies as easy to give and it seems to help with protecting the gut and fighting bugs. Thank you to Paul and Sandra for highly recommending this brand.

      Aimee Hunt - 3rd February 2021

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  • Delivery & Returns


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    Free standard UK delivery is automatically applied at the checkout when you spend £40.

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    Allow 4-10 working days (Monday - Friday) for delivery; no deliveries on Saturdays

    1st class (Tracked): £3.95

    Allow 1-3 working days (Monday - Friday) for delivery; no deliveries on Saturdays

    Express Next Day (Tracked): £6.50

    Order before 2pm for guaranteed next working day delivery to most of the UK*. Orders placed on Friday will be delivered on Monday (next working day). Requires signature.
    *Express delivery may exclude the Channel Islands, Herm Island, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Northern Irish postcodes BT18 & upwards, Sark, Scottish borders and offshore and a small number of remote mainland destinations as determined by our delivery courier. 

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    • For delivery queries, please call us on +44 (0)1264 339 770 or email
    • Orders placed before 2pm will be dispatched on the same working day.
    • Delivery within the UK and Northern Ireland has a fixed price, regardless of the size and weight of your order. 
    • Delivery times are estimates and not guaranteed unless otherwise stated.



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