During my pregnancy & in the first couple of days after my son was born, I was terrified of something going wrong to where he would need antibiotics. I did everything in my power to be healthy during my pregnancy, even though I was sick most of the time. I ate fermented foods daily and took probiotic supplements to help my gut and to help his.
Since my son was born earlier than expected, when I reached the hospital to give birth, the OB on staff wanted me to have an antibiotic since they hadn't gotten my group strep B testing back yet. I declined. I had no idea declining would be such an issue with the nurses. While I sat on a birthing ball in a shower, moaning and trying to concentrate through my contractions, I constantly had a nurse bugging me about declining the antibiotic. "It is unsafe for the baby" was the most common sentence used.
A tactic that I found many people using in the hospital.
As I continued to decline, my husband, said to a nurse "She isn't going to take it, so I would like you guys to come up with a solution and just leave her alone. She doesn't need you pestering her." 10 minutes later a nurse came in and told me if I wasn't going to get the antibiotic then I would need to have a blood culture done on my son.
I remember laughing. They were going to do blood work on him when he was born anyways. So we nodded and they left the room.
10 minutes before I started pushing, my OB said she called the lab and got the results of my strep B-- I was negative... therefore the antibiotics would have been unnecessary.
My son was born a healthy, 6 pounds and 5 ounces. We declined the hepatitis vaccine, there was no reason for it & even the pediatrician agreed (I was a little shocked) since my husband and I both are not carriers. We declined circumcision because we feel it is his body and his decision.
When my son was a week old he began getting an ounce of my breast milk with a probiotic.
"Why?? Since he didn't have any antibiotics why would you give him a probiotic?" I heard my grandmother say over the phone.
I began to explain gut health to my grandmother in the easiest way possible,
"So your gut lining holds about 75% of your immune system. In that gut lining are probiotics, friendly bacteria, that live and keep us healthy. The friendly bacteria stops bad bacteria from wreaking havoc on our systems. This day in age, even if we haven't been on antibiotics, we don't get a lot of friendly bacteria in our everyday diet. Breast milk contains probiotics, but I want my son to have a leg up in this world. The more probiotics you have, the less chance that you are going to get sick. Plain and simple."
My grandmother laughed on the other end of the telephone and relayed what I had to say to my grandfather. My grandpa laughed and started to tell me about sailors taking cabbage and turning it into sauerkraut on ships. Since fermented foods usually contain high amounts of Vitamin C it protected them from scurvy and kept them healthy.
Here is another reason:
I don't want to be afraid of taking my child out in public! The world is full of germs, viruses, and bacteria that is gonna get my baby! I'm not afraid of any of those things at all! I want to build his immune system and if that means he gets sick every now and then, well that is okay by me! BUT he will always take a probiotic!
Oh and one more reason!!
Sometimes babies don't poop everyday! Many people will tell you this is normal and fine-- I disagree and always will!
If you know anything about the toxic stress cycle-- you will know that all illness and disease begins in the gut & digestive system. If your bowels stop moving, it is a warning that unpleasant things are to come! Probiotics will help keep a baby regular! (Also if your baby is still not pooping with a probiotic daily & you're breast feeding-- you need to reevaluate your diet! Maybe take a probiotic yourself!)
Repeat after me!!
The more probiotics in my gut the less chances I have to get sick!
Plain and simple folks! Take a probiotic, eat fermented foods! Our ancestors knew it was good for us! So sip that kefir, take your probiotic 11, eat a sausage with homemade sauerkraut! You'll feel better, poop better, and get sick less often!
Also-- click here to learn more about fermented foods and their benefits!
Who am I?
My name is Jessica Kellaway! I'm a dog loving, earth conscious, recycling, tree hugging, breast feeding, cloth diapering, whole food eating, semi-vegetarian weirdo! I am a Nutritionist, Holistic Health Coach, Personal Trainer, and Naturopathic Practitioner. I am currently attending school to be a Naturopathic Doctor!