Virgin gut vs FFing?

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Virgin gut vs FFing?
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Mon, 09-06-2010 - 10:44am

The thread about what might be in babies' bottles got me thinking last night. All these studies that compare a BF baby to a FF baby - I wonder if anyone has studied babies that have only ever had breast milk - no substitutes, no solids for at least 6 months, no meds, no vitamins, no pacifiers, a totally virgin gut (hard to find many babies like that I would imagine) compared to a baby who was FF from birth, never received any breast milk?

I wonder if it would show more differences between the two than we currently are seeing in studies?



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Mon, 09-06-2010 - 3:40pm
There are studies that compare exclusively bf'd to exclusively ff'd, but I think it'd be pretty hard to ensure the exclusively bf'd had a virgin gut.

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Tue, 09-07-2010 - 5:34am
Yup - so many studies don't have a big enough differentiation between the BF and FF groups - often just a couple of months difference in how much BM was received. I'd love to see more studies which used truly exclusively BFed babies.





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Tue, 09-07-2010 - 6:16am

It is a "sample of 2", so not at all scientific, but my 1st child (daughter) had terrible problems latching (actually never got the hang of it, so I pumped for her for a year). In the first week while we were going through the "screaming and flailing at the boob" phase she had to be supplemented with a few oz. of formula (she lost over 10% of her birth weight, was becoming pretty yellow from jaundice, and was starting to become hard to wake for feed attempts - it is very discouraging when your LC starts shooting formula down your kid's throat with a syringe). After a week of struggling and cracked bleeding nipples from failed feeding attempts (it is bad when you look at your newborn in the crib as a dreaded source of pain rather than a precious child) I did enough internet research to realize that if your kid isn't BFing you need to pump at least 8X per day to compensate, started making enough milk to fill the syringes, and finally gave up and switched to BM in bottles. DD never had reflux, but "spit up" a lot - all the pictures of her at less than 6 months she is wearing a bib as clothing protection, and there is a rag nearby for cleaning.

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Tue, 09-07-2010 - 1:46pm

My kids are the opposite.

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Tue, 09-07-2010 - 2:10pm
Same here, Emily - my older one got daily amoxicillin, a course of Omnicef, a few doses of Tylenol and daily Tri-Vy-Sol in his first six months (while also getting only BM for food), and my second had absolutely nothing at all until she started solids at six months. But she's the one with the reflux and more frequent tummy issues, and eczema.
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