If Mom's immunities are low?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
If Mom's immunities are low?
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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 5:02pm
Does that affect her breastmilk given to the baby?

If a mother is one who gets strep, tonsillitis, pneumonia, flu, bronchitis plus the miscellaneous colds and scratchy throats several times a year and she bfd's her child will the *same* immunities be passed thru to the baby? Will the baby still receive immunities or will they be less since the mother's immune system is lower? Am I making myself clear here?

I would go search for this information just as a "I'd like to know the answer" thing but my glucose test came back high and I've been really upset today!

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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 7:00pm
Well, I can't say from my own experience, but I have a friend who takes immune supressing/anti-rejection medications for a transplant. She had virtually no immune system and is sick several times a month. she bf her first baby. The baby(well she's not a baby anymore) does seem to be sick quite often. She FF her second for several reasons and that baby is much healthier.

I haven't looked into it very deeply so I don't know if it's coincidence or just one of those things.


*back to lurk*

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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 9:10pm
I don't know if my situation applies to your question, but this is how it has been for us. I think I have gotten every cold/flu that passed through our community for the last 2 years;) Sierra (18 months & still BF) has been sick twice. The first time she was 15 months & had an ear infection. The 2nd time was in Jan. the day after her 15 month shots/CU. She had a pukey type thing. So, even though we are not a scientific study, it seems that even though my immune system was weakened, Sierra's was not compromised by my illness. Was that what you meant??

Janet & Sierra

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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 5:30am
Yes. I was wondering if a mother who is just one who gets everything that comes along will her immunities be built up in her breastmilk to pass thru to the child...or does she have less or lower immunities to pass thru her breastmilk.

I need coffee!!!!!!

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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 3:04pm
Whatever the mom is exposed to she creates immunities for. Whatever immunities she has are passed onto the baby through breast milk. So it follows that if mom is exposed to a lot of illnesses (and therefore gets sick often) she will pass lots of immunities to her baby. A person who gets sick very often is not necessarily low on immunities for herself-some viruses are so tenacious that it takes very little exposure to it to become seriously ill (meningitis and norwalk virus to name two) and it doesn't matter how well your immune system is functioning. Also, if you are exposed to a virus or bacteria enough your system will receive a dose high enough to overwhelm it, again regardless of how well the immune system is functioning. Does that make sense?

I could go on about IgA and sIgA, but I won't. I think you get the drift.

Brook

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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 3:11pm
I just know me & my family get EVERYTHING LOL

From shopping cart handles in Walmart to neighbors w/sickness driving in front of our houses...if there is the strep, tonsillitis, bronchitis, flu, stomach virus, rotavirus, etc, etc, etc. out there WE *will* get it LOL

It was a "just wondering" question I pondered walking thru the mall one day!!! Thanks!

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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 10:35pm
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought you said before that your child had "never" been ill (or barely ever), when we were talking about formula-fed infants having a higher risk of getting illnesses??? I'm confused.

I also thought you had said at one point that you hadn't been breastfed and you "are fine"...and yet here you say you always get ill, you have major spring allergies (as per another post) and don't you have high blood pressure?

I don't get it...no one can point to not being bf as the absolute cause for these things, but OTOH, no one can say that they *don't* absolutely have any impact either, and I certainly wouldn't say I was "fine" if I were that sick all the time...

OTOH it also could just be all those veggies you don't eat... ;-) LOL...(but then didn't you say your health didn't suffer from not eating veggies?). I gotta say, I don't really understand this 180-degree turn on some of these statements, unless I'm remembering incorrectly things that were said in the past...

This may be too far buried on this board to get much attention, but I thought I'd mention that as *anecdotal* evidence...my mom decided when I was about 13-14 that she wanted to lose weight (she was about 250 lbs for 5'5"). She started serving us ALL a salad every night before supper. EVERY single night. In serving it before supper, when we were quite hungry, we were more likely to eat it. ;-) Cunning, eh? LOL. Anyhow...she also keeps a diary, and did too at that point in time. Looking back through the years, she noticed a VERY obvious trend from "before salads" and "after salads" in that we got ill a LOT less often as a family. This, despite my sister having just entered kindergarten at public school, thus making yet another person to bring home viruses. Anecdotal, of course, but still rather interesting I think...

Anyhow...I read this and it got me wondering about whether I really did remember some of what you said in the past correctly or not (and I'm still lost enough on this new board style to not be able to go look it up, or I would!).

Fio.

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Fri, 04-11-2003 - 12:15pm
When my second child was about 6 weeks old I came down with an awful stomach bug. ( i will spare you the gorey details but simaltaneous use of the toilet AND a bucket was involved). I was breastfeeding and at 6 weeks postpartum I hadn't introduced my baby to a bottle yet. I was panic stricken. I called the "Breastfeeding Hotline" and the nurse assured me that the best thing I could do for my baby was to breastfeed him. (just make sure my husband does everything else and wash my hands). He didn't get sick. I think that maybe nursing through an illness even decreases the baby's chances of getting that illness.
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Sat, 04-12-2003 - 6:57pm
same type of story here...i got an awful stomach bug too...toilet and waste paper basket (as i didn't have the presence of mind to grab a bucket -- lol) with the same results. my bf'd son NEVER got the bug. he was 7 mos old at the time.
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Sun, 04-13-2003 - 10:16am
I would probably think of your lifestyle as a whole. Are you and your family eating a well balanced diet, do you and your family get enough excercise? Do you and your family get enough rest? Is your environment high stress or low stress?