SARS

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Wed, 05-14-2003 - 7:49pm
Should a mom who has been in contact with SARS continue to breastfeed her child?

(SARS being Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome, the new-fangled pneumonia)

Fio.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: macbump
Wed, 05-14-2003 - 8:26pm
Here is a link

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/ilo/2003/05/08/news/another.suspected.sars.case.at.wvmc.html


The advisory states that the virus that causes Sars, based on tests conducted by the World Health Organization, can be killed through the use of common household disinfectants.

It also reiterated the washing of hands with soap and water in order to stop the spread of the virus.

Apart from preventive measures, the advisory also states that children from 1 day to 1 month old are not easily susceptible to Sars because of the acidic components of their bodies.

Acid easily kills toxins and other harmful viruses that invade the body. Also, those being breastfed are given immunity by their mother's milk. >

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In reply to: macbump
Wed, 05-14-2003 - 8:28pm
My take on it is yes. :-)

I cannot understand the type of approach whereby a mom would be recommended to not bf, to wean, or pump'n'dump for this scenario.

They figure that because the coronavirus has been found in bodily fluids (well, sure!), then it might be found in breastmilk as well (even though this has not been

documented, apparently). Then they figure that to be on the safe

side, the mom should pump'n'dump for 14 days.

But breastmilk is not like other fluids. It contains a wealth of

antiinfective and specifically also, anti viral factors, which will help the

baby fight off most viral infections, or diminish the severity of the

illness, if the baby does get sick. There is no reason, IMHO, to believe that

the virus of SARS is any different than 99.9% of other viruses (perhaps with

the exception of retroviruses), in that breastfeeding protects the nursling

from it.

A virus appears in the milk usually only when the mother has it in her

blood, usually before she knows she is sick, and usually only a very short period of time.

In one doccumented situation where several people were exposed to SARS (at a funeral)

only one person got sick. To deprive breastfeeding babies of breastfeeding

on the supposition that the virus may appear in the milk, and that this

somehow represents a danger for the breastfeeding baby seems to me to be an

absurdity.

JMO.

Fio.

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In reply to: macbump
Wed, 05-14-2003 - 9:01pm
Thanks for the interesting link!

Fio.

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In reply to: macbump
Thu, 05-15-2003 - 10:02am
I say no. Specifically because they are pretty sure SARS has an auto-immune aspect to it. Until they have a good grip on how this thing works, I wouldn't BF if exposed to it.

-Deb

 

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In reply to: macbump
Thu, 05-15-2003 - 10:45am
Even though bm has anti-viral properties to it? There is no vaccine for SARS and it seems to me that bm is the closest thing to a vaccine a baby could get, imo.

Danielle

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In reply to: macbump
Thu, 05-15-2003 - 10:48am
So a woman with AIDS should bf too??


christine


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In reply to: macbump
Thu, 05-15-2003 - 10:55am
I believe AIDS is a retro-virus (which is different than SARS). Also, in third world countries they do recommend that women continue to breastfeed with AIDS because the benefits of breastfeeding in those countries outweigh the risk of contracting AIDS.

Danielle

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In reply to: macbump
Thu, 05-15-2003 - 11:08am
What would YOU do??


christine


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In reply to: macbump
Thu, 05-15-2003 - 11:13am
I don't know- leaning towards saying I wouldn't do it. The recommendation in this country is to *not* bf. I believe I'd talk to alot of knowledgeable doctors and researchers before I made my decision. I hope I never would be faced with this, though!

Danielle

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In reply to: macbump
Thu, 05-15-2003 - 11:33am
What other reason(s) would make you think twice about bfing??

Just curious:)

christine




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