Breast Feeding is Unsanitary...

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Breast Feeding is Unsanitary...
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Sat, 11-26-2011 - 5:58pm

And that bacteria is good for your baby.

I wonder what this means for babies fed formula made with sterilized water, in sterilized bottles, with sterilized nipples?

...Twenty-six years ago I noticed that our clearheaded, un-drugged mothers, who were not strapped down or restrained in any way, eagerly, with motherly murmurs of joy, reached out to grasp and hold their babies as I placed them on their abdomens. Why not let them hold their babies? I have heard many absurd objections over the years. "The mother's hands and breasts are not sterile!" I personally feel that non-sterility is one of the greatest benefits of breast-feeding. Bacteria are essential to the alimentary canal for digestion to occur. Baby mice fed sterile milk in an absolutely sterile environment died. Could it be that common antigens from saprophytic (harmless) skin bacteria shared by pathogenic (harmful) bacteria produce a cross immunity that accounts for the fact that breast-fed babies are less prone to infections for the rest of their lives?...

From: Husband-Coached Childbirth (Fifth Edition): The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
Sat, 11-26-2011 - 7:05pm

My daughter was born nearly 28 years ago, and was in a special care baby unit for several days after her birth.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
Sat, 11-26-2011 - 8:54pm

There is also growing evidence that the rise in allergies and immune disorders in the Western world could be due to excessive cleanliness. The reasoning is that the body's immune system is primed to work against the sorts of things we would come up against in the normal course of everyday life. However, having high-grade disinfectants being used constantly in our homes on every surface, and disinfecting washes for our hands rather than just washing with a bit of soap actually means that our immune system has less to do to fight off outside invaders.

So the result is that it turns on itself. More anphylactic reactions, more asthma, more lupus etc is the extreme end result for some people. Others do not end up this way, but it has likely had some sort of an effect.

Teresa

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Registered: 05-20-2008
Tue, 11-29-2011 - 2:32am
ITA on both your points. There is evidence that too much avoidance of bacteria exposure may be a bad thing and thus the whole antibacterial soap and cleanser craze lately may be doing more harm then good. In the U.S. we have TV ads that warn parents about all the germs your kids may come in contact with around the house and then tell you how you can prevent this by using a certain brand of antibacterial soap or cleanser. But if every parent follows the advice of these ads and tries to keep a bacteria-free house they may end up causing more harm then good when the kids does eventually get exposed bacteria from other sources but does not have any resistance from lack of previous exposure. Thus I don't think we out to be trying to avoid every germ out there since that is impossible. With breastfeeding, you have components including antibodies in the BM that help prevent any bacteria the baby is exposed to from causing illness. You also have the fact that the baby is likely to be exposed to the same bacteria from other sources anyways even if they are not BF'd.

Your other point about not all bacteria being bad is a good one too. We sometimes forget that not all bacteria is harmful. For example, one of the reason that a nursing mother taking antibiotics is at a greater risks of getting thrush on her breasts is due to the fact that antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria and it's the good bacteria that help prevent the yeast-like fungus that causes thrush of from taking hold. Thus this is the thinking behind the thinking the recommendation that nursing mothers who take antibiotics should take probiotics, a substance that stimulates the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestinal flora.

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Registered: 05-03-2007
Thu, 12-08-2011 - 11:25pm
Ive always breastfed.. i have never thought of any of this! Love the info!
Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Thu, 12-08-2011 - 11:30pm
momma_leslie wrote:
Ive always breastfed.. i have never thought of any of this! Love the info!

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