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What probiotic does this Lactation Consultant use with her own baby?

By: Lindsey Shipley | October 14, 2020


My story with Evivo

Hi mamas!  Thanks for coming by!  It’s Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC, Lactation Link founder and today I’m excited to tell you all about the infant probiotic I ended up using with my baby boy.  First, being the RN and Board-Certified Lactation Consultant that I am, I had to research it!  Once I believe in it, I recommended it to my clients.  Then, I used it with my sweet baby Blake.  Here are the details.  

How I learned about it

I found out about Evivo Health back in 2017 when they launched in the U.S.  Trust me, I’ve been told about LOTS of baby products and most of them don’t make it past a first glance with me or our team.  After all, I’m a big believer that there’s not a lot you NEED in terms of STUFF to be ready for a baby.  As long as you feel educated, supported, and armed with resources, you are good to go!  

However, I was able to attend a presentation to learn more about the science behind Evivo, and I was instantly so intrigued by it!  I learned as much as I could and then I sent the science off to my team of Lactation Consultants to review and weigh in on (you can rest assured you are never consuming just one person’s opinion – it’s all peer-reviewed by several experts!).  Let me tell you, that group is brutal honesty!  They all agreed that the science was amazing and this could be a great addition to laying the very best foundation for baby’s health from day one.  

Isn’t breastmilk perfect by itself?

There’s no question that breastmilk is baby’s perfect first food and that each mother’s milk composition is uniquely matched with her infant’s needs.  It’s such a dynamic food source!  It’s full of antibodies to help protect baby against infection.  It’s also made up of anti-parasites, anti-allergies, and anti-viruses to protect and start to build baby’s immune system.  Breastmilk is often called “liquid gold” because every last drop is valuable and impactful for baby’s health.  We don’t want any of it going to waste or not being absorbed!  That’s where Evivo comes in.

About 15% of the nutrients in breastmilk are comprised of something called Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOs), and without certain good bacteria being present in the infant gut, these HMOs are completely undigestible and often are pooped out in baby’s diaper.  This is like 15% of the magical goodness of breastmilk going to waste!  So how can we make sure baby gets all and just not some of the nutrients breastmilk has to offer?  Unlocking those Human Milk Oligosaccharides with the right good bacteria.  It’s called B. infantis.  

Why wouldn’t my baby already have the good bacteria B. infantis present in their gut?

The good bacteria B. infantis used to be passed on to babies during childbirth, but due to the rise of medical interventions over the past 100 years, nine of out ten babies lack B. infantis in their gut today.  So breastmilk is definitely perfect, but we want this amazing B. infantis to help unlock all of the nutrients.  

Using it with baby Blake

My third baby was the first one I had the chance of using Evivo with.  I actually ordered it a few weeks before I was due and kept it in the freezer.  I took it with me to the hospital and had the nurses keep it in the fridge.  I started giving it to Blake on day one!  It’s so easy to use. Here are a few things to keep in mind about using it... Read more on LactationLink.com