Bringing a tiny human into this world is such a special time. Setting yourself up in good health can go a long way towards helping you feel the vitality and energy you want to enjoy every moment of it, both during your pregnancy and once bub is born. And of course, you want the very best for your baby too.
The right probiotic can do wonders, and Qiara Pregnancy and Breastfeeding has been designed specifically to support new mums on their baby journey, from pre-conception right through to breastfeeding.
How Qiara works
Taking a probiotic might not seem the most obvious way to keep you and your bub in good health and help you breastfeed, so let’s take a quick trip to Science Town to look at why.
Pregnancy and your microbiome
Your body is filled with microbes – tiny living things like bacteria. The community of these microbes is called the microbiome, and it has a big effect on your health, from digestion and nutrient absorption to immunity and inflammation. But it’s not set in stone – it can be influenced by lots of things, like poor nutrition, herbicides and pesticides on our food, medications, stress and other environmental factors.
Not only is your microbiome important, but so is your bub’s. Your baby’s microbiome starts in the womb, is impacted at birth (it was previously thought that it didn’t start until they were exposed to bacteria during delivery) and continues to develop until it’s fully established at about 3 years old.
So it’s important to have a healthy and robust microbiome when you’re trying to conceive, pregnant and breastfeeding your baby. Taking Qiara daily during these times can help.
The benefits of breast milk isolated probiotics
Human breast milk contains both good (probiotic) and bad (pathogenic) bacteria. Qiara Pregnancy and Breastfeeding contains a probiotic isolated from breast milk.
It’s full of goodness because the probiotic bacteria found in breast milk are specifically beneficial to mums and bubs. They:
- are of human origin and are safe for babies
- are uniquely adapted to live both in the human digestive tract and in human breast milk, and to interact with a baby
- play an important role in maintaining a healthy balance in the microflora ecosystem in breast milk.
How Qiara differs from other probiotics
As a probiotic isolated from breast milk, it makes sense that it’s the right probiotic for the job. Qiara is backed by research, and its use and potential benefits are supported by specific clinical trials.
It’s also a single strain, whereas many probiotics are broad-spectrum probiotics. It can be unclear how multiple strains in a single dose may interact with or inhibit each other, whereas with Qiara, what you get is what’s been tested.
How Qiara can help during pregnancy and breastfeeding
Your own healthy microbiome and breast milk (the main meal for your bub) can have a big impact on the overall health of both you and your tot, and the establishment of your little one’s own microbiome. Fun fact: breast milk flora actually helps to establish your bub’s own gut microbiome and is crucial to the development of their immune system.
Qiara contains a single strain probiotic isolated from human breast milk. So it’s packed full of the good stuff to help support you and your bub’s health. Qiara can be taken safely from pre-conception, throughout pregnancy, breastfeeding and after weaning as desired or as advised by your health professional.
Breast pain and mastitis relief
Due to factors such as diet, medications or stress, many new mums can be susceptible to health issues such as breast pain or mastitis. Not only painful and uncomfortable, but mastitis can really throw a spanner in the works when it comes to breastfeeding your tot.
If you’re not already taking Qiara Pregnancy and Breastfeeding, it can be taken by breastfeeding mums at the first sign of breast pain or mastitis. Qiara has shown clinical efficacy in helping to relieve or reduce breast pain and discomfort associated with mastitis.
Like a superhero, the single probiotic in Qiara (Lactobacillus Fermentum CECT 5716 if you want to go full science geek) aggressively targets and outcompetes the pathogenic bacteria in breast milk that may be causing the pain and infection. It also helps to restore and maintain a healthy balance of protective flora in the breast milk microbiome.
In short, it’s a little dose of goodness to help keep your boobs happy and reduce the incidence and recurrence of mastitis. Hurrah, because cabbage leaves can only get you so far.
Qiara can help if you’re having a c-section or on antibiotics too
If you have a c-section you’ll probably get antibiotics to prevent infection. Or maybe you’re on antibiotics for another reason. While they do a great job at stamping out bacteria, they’re not selective between the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria they wipe out. This can reduce the levels of beneficial and protective flora in breast milk and lead to a condition called dysbiosis.
Breast milk dysbiosis can increase your risk of infections such as mastitis. It can also impact your little one’s microbiome and consequent development of their immune system.
Taking Qiara daily before and after your c-section, or while you’re on antibiotics, may assist in maintaining the balance of good bacteria in breast milk, helping you and your bub.
Your daily dose of good health
You can take Qiara Pregnancy & Breastfeeding to suit your needs – from preconception, your last trimester, or throughout your entire pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Costing less than a cup of coffee, it’s also easy to take. Coming in a box of 28 individually sealed sachets, simply stir one sachet into a glass of water daily (or two per day if you’re on antibiotics) and drink. Cheers to happy days.
Qiara Pregnancy and Breastfeeding is available from Qiara ($79).
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