SWITZERLAND – Nestle has launched a new product called MATERNA Opti-Lac to support and protect lactating mothers from risks associated with breastfeeding.

The probiotic solution will help them reduce the risk of breast pain and mastitis, a painful inflammatory infection of the breast tissue occurring mostly during breastfeeding.

The product is a food supplement containing a patented unique probiotic strain L. fermentum LC40, naturally found in breastmilk of healthy mums to support breast health.

MATERNA Opti-Lac is being launched in Hong Kong, China and will debut in various global markets in the coming months.

“Maternal and infant nutrition are equally important in the first 1000 days of life,” said Thierry Philardeau, Head of Nutrition Strategic Business Unit.

“We offer high-quality, nutritionally balanced and science-based products to mothers and babies during this period.

“With MATERNA Opti-Lac, we are helping mothers to continue breastfeeding and offer their babies a solid foundation for life. It is a privilege to accompany many millions of mothers on this journey.”

The new product is available in the form of gel capsules and can be found in in pharmacies, drugstores, baby stores, retail shops and hospitals.

Nestle says the capsules should be taken daily from the start of breastfeeding.

Dealing with breast pain and mastitis

Nestle recommends the supplement to women prone to breast pain and mastitis.

L. fermentum LC40 has been found to be effective in helping mums reduce the risk of breast pain and mastitis while allowing them to continue breastfeeding.

The company notes that problems such as breast pain or mastitis can leave mums feeling so unwell that they often stop breastfeeding, while mastitis affects up to 1 in 3 mums especially in the first 3 months of breastfeeding.

World Health Organization (WHO) recommends six months exclusive breastfeeding, followed by the introduction of adequate nutritious complementary foods along with sustained breastfeeding up to two years of age and beyond.

The launch further reinforces Nestle’s support for breastmilk, which it identifies as ‘the ideal nutrition for babies’.

Last year the company launched MATERNA G-Balance, a new nutritional solution for pregnant women to help prevent gestational diabetes.

Addition of Opti-Lac expands its maternal healthcare portfolio which focuses on well-being of mothers and babies during the first 1000 days of life.