Are Vaccines More Important than Breastfeeding?

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Are Vaccines More Important than Breastfeeding?
Tue, 11-01-2011 - 4:28pm

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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

strategies to overcome this negative effect, such as delaying breast-feeding at the time of immunization, should be evaluated.

It doesn't actually say that breastfeeding should be delayed...yet.

From another current article it says that rotavirus vaccine is not on the regular schedule:

In fact, the only stomach bug vaccine that exists is for the rotavirus, and it is only available to children under 6 months of age. "Under one year of age, rotavirus is the most common thing that makes kids so dehydrated they end up in the ER or admitted to a hospital," says Frankowski. It is a series of two or three oral vaccines that are not part of the regular vaccination schedule, so Frankowski recommends talking to your pediatrician about it, especially if you are having a winter baby or are planning to put your child in daycare before 6 months.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-20-2008
I really do hope that they simply meant avoiding BF'ing just before or after giving the vaccine rather then not BF'ing for several days in order to increase the vaccines effectiveness. It does appear this vaccine is not a standard vaccine they recommended every baby have but only for babies at higher risk for the Rotavirus such as those born in winter months. Thus I hope they are not truly suggesting the baby forgo getting the very beneficial colostrum in order to get this vaccine and that they simply misworded the recommendation to delay BF'ing when getting the Rotavirus vaccine.