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|Mon, 08-13-2012 - 9:08am|
Sorry to bother you, but I was hoping you could be the definitive authority on this:
A friend told me she heard the 2 oz/day of breastmilk gives immune protection, so, while she is quitting breastfeeding her 7 month old now, she plans to freeze what she can now and parcel it out to him in 2 oz/day during flu season this fall.
My pediatrician had told me that the immune benefits of breastmilk are in in the baby's first 4 months of life.
Who is right?
And I guess that leads to a bigger question of what's better-- exclusive breastfeeding for a shorter time, or breastmilk+formula for a longer time? (I have a 5 month old and am working, so he mainly gets pumped milk, and already has to have one or 2 bottles/day of formula just because he's hungrier than what I can pump. So should I keep feeding him whatever I can pump for the next month (I'm quitting at 6 months), or should I feed him some of it and freeze the rest so he has milk for longer?)
Thanks in advance!!!