Gerber Products Co., part of the Nestle family, announced a scientific breakthrough with the introduction of Gerber Good Start Soothe formula, the first and only routine infant formula with the probiotic L. reuteri. L. reuteri has been clinically shown to reduce crying time by 50 percent in colicky breastfed infants.
Gerber Good Start Soothe formula is designed to reduce excessive crying and colic in healthy infants. The probiotic L. reuteri is an effective probiotic that has been shown to help balance the good and bad bacteria in an infant's gastrointestinal system. This imbalance at times can cause discomfort that may lead to colic," said Bryan S. Vartabedian, M.D., a pediatric gastroenterologist at Texas Children's Hospital, author and expert on colic. "This is very encouraging news for parents who have babies with colic."
"Anyone who has experienced a crying baby with colic will understand the significance of this innovation," said Jose M. Saavedra, M.D., FAAP, Medical Director, Gerber Products Company. "Now we can offer parents a solution for excessive crying and colic in a formula that meets the nutritional needs of babies."
Gerber plans to launch Gerber Soothe Colic Relief Drops with L. reuteri later this year as part of an agreement between Nestle/Gerber and BioGaia, a Swedish innovative health care company specializing in probiotics. The arrangement allows Gerber to exclusively distribute these probiotic drops in the United States.
Gerber Good Start Soothe formula features the Comfort Proteins Advantage, which makes it easy for babies to digest. Additionally, Gerber Good Start Soothe formula has a carbohydrate blend with 30 percent lactose for fussiness and gas in infants with lactose intolerance.
Gerber milk-based formulas are available nationwide in three varieties:
- Gerber Good Start Soothe Formula – specially designed to reduce excessive crying and colic with L. reuteri
- Gerber Good Start Protect Formula – has the probiotic B. lactis to help strengthen a healthy immune system
- Gerber Good Start Gentle Formula –nutrition inspired by breast milk