Jamie V. is here to help us answer questions we have about our babies & what we can do for them. We can ask about Ubiome & their stool sampling & even breastmilk sampling? Jamie, can you start at the beginning? (1) did you follow the preconception protocol from here? On your own? Consult w/ Berger? Someone else? (2) how old is baby now? (3) tell birth story? No K, etc (4) tell breastfeeding & probiotics etc. (5) Ubiome (6) keep going xx
Jamie: My daughter is almost 4, so older than this group. I took Garden of Life Raw Prenatal, fish oil, and some probiotics in pregnancy. I added femdophilus at the end after I tested positive for GBS. I have done all this on my own, with the help of many Facebook groups like this one. I’m currently pregnant with number 2.
I was active duty military and gave birth in a military hospital, my wishes were overruled by the military doctors. Labor was long and difficult, no epidural. Cord clamping was not delayed, my daughter was born blue and not breathing or moving. I had two rounds of IV antibiotics for the GBS. She got vitamin K injection and eye drops, but Hep B was delayed until 7 days old. She had an acute Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome reaction via breastmilk at 5 hours old. She was taken to the NICU for “apparent life threatening event”, stomach pumped, IV fluids for 24 hours, then given Similac (I was still waiting for a blood transfusion and trying to pump colostrum for her, with little success). At 7 days we were sent home with zantec and an incorrect diagnosis of GERD. So basically everything went wrong. This is what you do not want for a delivery. I did take my probiotics and an infant probiotics powder with my to the hospital, but I only got to use the infant powder once before she was taken to the NICU. At 3 weeks I figured out I needed to change my diet, cut dairy and soy. Both my probiotics and the infant one had dairy and/or soy, so I stopped them. About 5 months I finally found an infant powder that was dairy and soy free. 7 months we finally received the correct diagnosis. But I stopped the infant probiotic around 9 months when we discovered GAPS, because it had maltodextrin which isn’t allowed.
I learned about GutPro (infant version didn’t exist yet) and ordered and started that. When I stopped breastfeeding at 15 months, she transitioned to raw camel milk yogurt which I made using MegaFlora as the starter. At 2.5yrs we had an opportunity to participate in the American Gut project which showed her gut was 80% proteobacteria, and 65% of her entire gut was a single genus: Stenotrophomonas. Ubiome launched, offering microbiome sequencing faster and cheaper. Just after age 3 she got an ear infection which persisted, and we requested an antibiotic known to kill Stenotrophomonas. We flooded her body with both oral probiotics and probiotic enemas. We used 10 different brands of probiotics and then retested. Her proteobacteria is now around 2% and Stenotrophomonas is gone, and has remained gone.