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My infant son, Liam, is my very last baby, so I’m determined to nurse as long as possible — but he has an issue with reflux, which makes it hard.
Our doctor recommended a probiotic for him at his second appointment. She suggested that it might help his stomach feel better. I’d never heard of an infant probiotic before, but I was interested. Then I learned about Evivo, a probiotic that you give to infants once a day mixed with breastmilk, and was excited to check it out.
Everyone in our family takes a daily probiotic. We started the routine two years ago, and it has been really beneficial to my health. If I forget to take it, I can totally tell — I feel sluggish and my stomach hurts. Then in my research, I learned about B.infantis, a beneficial bacteria that helps metabolism and immune system development in babies. It’s disappeared from our guts due to unintended consquences of modern medicine (and other factors including c-sections, antibiotics and formula-feeding) and I realized Liam might get the same benefits we get if he took a probiotic.
Giving your infant Evivo reintroduces activated B.infantis to their gut, restoring it to its original state and decreasing the amount of harmful bacteria which may be linked to higher risk of health problems like allergies, eczema, diabetes, and obesity in your child’s future.
It took a few days to get into the swing of using Evivo, since it’s not a pill like I take. Each box contains 28 sachets of the probiotic, which you buy frozen and then store in the fridge. I loved the convenience of the pre-measured sachets, and the Evivo kit also includes a small bowl for mixing and a syringe to give the dose to your baby.
I decided the best time to give Liam his Evivo would be after his “dinner” nursing session while he was still awake, yet kind of sleepy. After a little trial-and-error, I found that pumping or hand-expressing into a bottle really helped so I could easily pour the milk into the bowl and mix in a cold Evivo packet. A spoon is way too large for this; I prefer a toothpick.
From the bowl, you draw the probiotic into the syringe. I prepare everything while Liam is sitting in his chair to make it easier. I tried holding him while squeezing the dose out, but it was hard (hello, squirmy baby!), so he stays seated while I squeeze it into his mouth, pointed towards the back of his cheek.
He loves his extra little treat now! Even though it’s a small dose, be sure to slowly squeeze the syringe and let your little one swallow. It usually takes us about 1 minute to give him the whole dose. Everything is washable in the dishwasher, but I prefer to hand-wash the bowl and syringe with the bottles at night.
We’re almost one month into using Evivo and I feel like Liam is a much happier baby. He loves his daily dosage…maybe because it’s an extra little snack of Mama’s breastmilk. Although it’s impossible to really tell how Liam is affected by Evivo, I do feel relieved to know that I’m doing all I can to ensure his future good health. Since allergies and eczema run in the family, it will be interesting to see if Liam has them later on in life.
Does your baby take a probiotic? Have you tried Evivo?
This post is sponsored by Evivo. All opinions are truthful and my own.