Sharon came into the pharmacy with her 2 week old baby. She handed me a prescription for an antibiotic, and mentioned she is suffering with mastitis and the doctor advised that a probiotic would be a good idea. She asked, “Which one do you recommend?”
Taking probiotics whilst breastfeeding is a great idea. When looking for a probiotic to help treat mastitis look at the formulation listed on the label. It will list all the strains in the capsule/powder and the three strains that have shown evidence are Lactobacillus Salivarius, Lactobacillus Gasseri and Lactobacillus Fermentum. Not only will the probiotics help treat the mastitis but keeping the balance of good bacteria can prevent recurring mastitis. Always discuss with your doctor the options for treating mastitis because they will assess how far or how serious is the mastitis infection. The doctor may prescribe antibiotics to kill the infection and then start probiotics to prevent further bouts of mastitis. It would be beneficial to take probiotics during the entire breastfeeding period. Not only will Sharon benefit from taking the probiotics but her baby will too. Evidence has shown that by taking probiotics (in particular the strain L. Rhamnosus) this reduces the risk of allergy in the infant. If a good amount of probiotics travels from the mother to the baby this will have a positive effect on the baby’s health, including playing a role in maturing the baby’s immune system.
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