As strange as that sounds, our world is possible because of bacteria. We know that bacteria on the skin work as an army to keep out dangerous pathogens and, internally, they break food down into the nutritional units used to sustain major systems. However, what about babies? At what point do bacteria become essential to our humble beginnings as an infant?

The Birth Process Establishes the Infant Gut Microbiota

Before a baby's first bath with water, they get what is called a probiotic birth bath. They are bathed in protective, beneficial bacteria when they pass through their mother's birth canal. As a result, babies delivered vaginally have friendly, protective Bifidobacteria. Newborns born vaginally get a natural boost to their innate defenses and receive digestive support for their inexperienced gastrointestinal tract.

Bifidobacterium infantis is Key to Infant Gut Health

B.infantis represents one of the most predominant bacteria found in the gut of healthy, full-term, breastfed infants. In fact, B. infantis was recently named the 'champion colonizer of the infant gut' by researchers at U.C. Davis because of its unique ability to digest human breast milk oligosaccharides.1 So basically, babies with this bacteria have an easier time breaking down breast milk into its various nutrients.

Bifidobacterium infantis and Breast Milk

Breastfeeding by a healthy mother helps to enrich the infant's protective microflora and enhances their growth and development. Breast milk provides human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) that encourages the growth of B.infantis.Infants who are formula fed may lack the right set of HMOs to stimulate the growth of what should be the predominant bacteria in the infant gut.

All Infants Can Benefit from B. infantis

There are a number of reasons why babies miss out on the probiotic birth bath or their mother's breast milk. Regardless of the reasons, these infants especially can especially benefit from supplementation with Natren Life Start probiotics. In fact, even infants born vaginally and breastfed can miss out on this important probiotic bacteria as studies have showed an overall decline in the prevalence of this bacteria even in healthy breast-fed infants.


The "Mother of Probiotics"
  • Mix 1/4 tsp. of Life Start powder with 1 oz of un-chilled, filtered (non-chlorinated) water or breast milk to create a smooth thin paste
  • The paste can then be administered directly to the infant using a clean fingertip or applied to the Mother's nipple just prior to letting the infant suckle
  • If using infant formula use a portion of the formula to dissolve Life Start, then add the mixture to the remaining formula and shake the bottle thoroughly to mix making certain the Life Start powder is fully dissolved.
  • For toddlers, mix it in water, non-acidic juice (e.g. apple, grape), applesauce or yogurt.

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Life Start

Cow's Milk

Loose Powder (1.25, 2.5, and 4.5 oz options.)

Excellent for all who are dairy tolerant.
Great for families, larger size available.

Life Start 2

Goat's Milk

Capsules (60, 90 count.)

Loose Powder (2.5 oz or 4.5 oz options.)

Adults tend to prefer ease of capsules
Great for families, larger size options.

Life Start Vegan

Organic Brown Rice

Loose Powder (1.25 oz.)

Great for anyone withdairy allergies

Adults tend to prefer Life Start 2 because it's available in a convenient capsule form. On the other hand, Mom's with little ones tend to prefer any of the powdered options because the powders are easy to stir into breast milk, smoothies, yogurt, applesauce, etc. for little ones to consume.

Since bacteria thrive so well on a dairy base, we always suggest:

  • Using our dairy based options (if dairy tolerance is not an issue for you.)
  • Trying Natren's gentle goat's milk formula -Life Start 2- (if you have issues with Cow's Milk, you may be surprised that you do just fine!)
  • Staying with Natren's Life Start Vegan (if you have a known dairy intolerance.)

All of these options are Gluten Free, Soy Free and contain no GMOs or FOS. Anyone with a sensitive gut should order a powdered version because these are easiest to scale up and down to meet the needs of the individual. We've had people start with as little as 1/16th of a teaspoon and gradually work up to standard serving size of ¼ - ½ of a teaspoon.

Healthy powerful probiotic bacteria are vastly more complex and intelligent than the heavily advertised, mass market brands want you to believe. Natren offers stronger, hand crafted probiotic products with numerous options for any digestive issues you and your loved ones may have! Schedule a free consultation with one of our probiotic specialists today. We want you to"just feel better"!

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12015 - Underwood, M.A.; German, J.B.; Lebrilla, C.B and Mills, D.A. "Bifidobacterium longum subspecies infantis: 'champion colonizer of the infant gut'. Pediatric Research. (2015) 77 (1-2): 229-35
22013 - Garrido, D.; Dallas, D.C. and Mills, D.A. "Consumption of human milk glycoconjugates by infant-associated bifidobacteria: mechanisms and implications." Microbiology (2013) 159 (Pt 4): 649-664.
32013 - Rasic J.; Kurmann, J. Bifidobacteria and Their Role. Basel, Switzerland. Birkhauser AG. P.24.
42012 - Jost. T.; Lacroix, C.; Braegger, C. and Chassard, C. "New Insights into Microbiota Establishment in Healthy Breastfed Neonates." PLOS One. (2012) 7(8):e4459