If you are a long time reader of Hip little one you may know that I have a bit of a love hate relationship with breastfeeding. I absolutely agree that breastmilk is best for babies and I have tried breastfeeding all of my children, some times with success (1 year for baby no.3) and some times without success (2 months with the twins). My biggest enemy is mastitis, I have battled it multiple times in all of my breastfeeding journeys and it really knocks you for six.
Our beatiful fourth baby is currently five months old and I am still breastfeeding her even though early on I was hit with mastitis once again. To be honest I really didn’t know if I could/wanted to keep going, knowing that it could come back over and over and having four kids at home to look after when you’re feeling so sick is really hard. Luckily this time I knew the warning signs, followed the doctor’s treatment and then came the turning point: I started taking Qiara.
Qiara is a special breast milk probiotic formulated for mother and baby health, to be taken during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. What makes Qiara different from any other probiotic is the presence of an active ingredient called Lactobacillus Fermentum, which supports the mother’s breast health and reduces the risk of breast tenderness during lactation and potential onset of infection which may result from the absence of Lactobacillus Fermentum in the mother’s breast milk.
What sold it to me was this interesting research done on women with mastitis. It shows that (in simple words) NONE of them had any lactobacilli/good bacteria in their breast milk. The mums in the trial were treated with either ordinary antibiotics (what your GP would prescribe) or a probiotic originally isolated from healthy breast milk (Qiara). At the end of the trial period the mothers treated with probiotics had normal levels of lactobacilli in their breast milk, whilst the antibiotic group still had no lactobacilli present (an invitation for mastitis to return?).
What stood out most was that the women who used the probiotic reported virtually no pain and all were able to keep breastfeeding while from the ladies taking antibiotics 9% discontinued feeding and they still experienced far more pain. I have been taking Qiara for 3 months now and have experienced no mastitis and no pain. The real test came two weeks ago when our baby was feeding significantly less than usual due to sickness (usually a cue for mastitis to come and visit) but there were NO issues, hooray!
Qiara by Puremedic is available in a box of 28 sachets ($95), simply take 1 sachet per day with water, milk or juice.