For your baby

30 servings

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£14.99

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Suitability

Vegan

Vegan

Gluten free

Gluten free

Vegetarian

Vegetarian

Dairy free

Dairy free

Overview

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 & ingredients

  • Bifidobacterium breve M-16V®
  • Product description

  • How to use

  • Ingredients

  • Help & advice

  • Reviews

  • 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

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

    Customer questions

    All questions answered by friendly bacteria experts Dr Aisling Dwyer MB BCh BAO (Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics), MSc (Personalised Nutrition)​ and Dr Kate Stephens PhD (Food and Microbial Sciences) BSc(Hons) Medical Microbiology.

    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 microbiome. ‘For your baby’ contains an award-winning friendly bacteria strain which has been tested in over 4000 newborn infants, babies, and young children, and it is ideal for use in both formula-fed and breastfed babies.

    References:

    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.
       

     

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  • 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 friendly bacteria experts Dr Aisling Dwyer MB BCh BAO (Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics), MSc (Personalised Nutrition) and Dr Kate Stephens PhD (Food and Microbial Sciences) BSc(Hons) Medical Microbiology.

    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.

    Safety

    Live cultures are not recommended for those with serious medical conditions, e.g. those who are severely immunosuppressed, have pancreatitis, are in the ICU (very premature babies), 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 and sight of children.

    This is a food supplement and is not intended to prevent, treat or diagnose any medical conditions. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle. If babies and children 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

    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 friendly bacteria experts Dr Aisling Dwyer MB BCh BAO (Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics), MSc (Personalised Nutrition) and Dr Kate Stephens PhD (Food and Microbial Sciences) BSc(Hons) Medical Microbiology.

    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

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    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

    • We love this probiotic, and so does baby Jack! We give it daily and I'm really reassured that we're doing all we can to support his microbiome from the start.

      Sali - 10th November 2020

    • After having my baby I discussed with my friend Sarah, a nutritionist and she recommended these. I would really recommend these baby drops, really easy and convenient to give to babies, unlike the sachets, they have been amazing for my daughter in maintaining her bowels movements and improving her skin. Highly recommended!!

      Ami - 19th October 2020

    • After reading up about the importance of the microbiome and on discussing it with my friend, who is a nutritionist and recommended this product, I felt it was important to give my toddler an additional probiotic supplement to support this, particularly as he was born via C- section. My toddler has also had intermittent issues with his bowels, most notably a lactose intolerance in the first year of life as he was unfortunately formula fed due to issues with breastfeeding. I was happy with this product, it was relatively easy to administer although my toddler is a massive wrigglebum so it took a few goes sometimes! It was reassuring to know that if the dropper touched his mouth (which inevitably it did!) I could store the product in the fridge without the contents being compromised. My toddlers digestive system appears to be in good order since taking this product, he has less wind and less loose, offensive poos. I would certainly recommend this product for anyone who is looking for a good quality probiotic for their baby or child.

      Aly Wyld - 23rd July 2020

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