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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2007

    Default Probiotics and Breastfeeding

    Is a probiotic supplement for me (mom) safe to use during breastfeeding? One was recommended to me as a natural way to help clear up skin issues that I am having due to hormones being out of whack. Actually, acidophilus is what was recommended. I went to our local health food store and they recommended Udo's Choice Adult Probiotic. Well, I got it home and it only has 20% acidophilus in it. Here are the ingreidients:

    Ingredients: Each vegetarian capsule is guaranteed to contain not less than 6billion total viable cells (at Best Before date) of:

    Lactobacillus casei: 25%
    Lactobacillus rhamnosus: 25%
    Lactobacillus acidophilus: 20%
    Lactobacillus plantarum: 10%
    Streptococcus thermophilus: 7%
    Bifidobacterium breve: 5%
    Bifidobacterium bifidum: 5%
    Lactobacillus bulgaricus: 3%

    Is it not worth the risk? I do not want to harm my LO in ANY WAY! My skin is not as important as LO. Should I get a supplement that is just Acidophilus?

    Thanks for any insight you may have on this.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2005

    Default Re: Probiotics and Breastfeeding

    I can't tell you whether or not this product is safe for you. As always, talk to your health care provider before taking any medications.

    Probiotics can be found in many foods including milk, yogurt, and even artificial baby milk (formula). They are simply friendly bacteria that can be found naturally in the digestive tract. Singular probiotics (such as lactobacillus acidophilus) are usually classified as "gras", generally regarded as safe.

    Here's some general (non-LLL) information on probiotics:
    Here is some information that is geared towards breastfeeding mothers:
    And some info from Dr. Thomas Hale's (author of [U]Medications and Mother's Milk[U]) forum:


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