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    • I've been speaking to several mothers who quote this New York Times article about infant's health:

      There is a bacteria, B. Infantis, which has gone missing in most babies in the industrialized world because of anti-biotics and the lack of breast feeding. It has been present for all of human history, but once missing babies are subject to all kinds of bacterial diseases because other bacteria can thrive in its absence. One of the common symptoms is creamy, diarrhea-like poops.

      The mothers I've spoken to say after a few days of supplementation of B. Infantis, the poops look more brown and solid and their babies get happier. Anyone have experience with this? Amazon seems to have a variety of probiotics that contain B. infantis but it's hard to make sense or the reviews.

    • I was reading similar things recently and was especially intrigued by the stool changes people are reporting. That seems to indicate a pretty significant digestive shift, but it also makes me wonder a bit. I’m currently exclusively breastfeeding my 5th baby and all have been birthed vaginally, I’ve eaten a mostly whole plant food diet with all, and some have been fussy babies, some have been happy spitters, some haven’t spit up at all... but they’ve all had the same mustard yellow (or green depending on my diet) liquidy poop several times a day until I introduced solid foods. They’ve had no ear infections or antibiotics or anything to muddy the waters. After reading all the original research I could find on it, my question remains how do we establish what ideal new baby poop really is?

      I’m less convinced by the anecdotal evidence because baby fussiness seems to vary with a zillion different factors, including just naturally by age. When people have fussy babies they often try all sorts of stuff out of desperation, and it’s totally possible the baby could age out of the fussiness right when something new was introduced into their diet or environment.