Are Vaccines More Important than Breastfeeding?

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Are Vaccines More Important than Breastfeeding?
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Tue, 11-01-2011 - 4:30pm

"News came in today of a study entitled

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Registered: 03-27-2003

See, I would have almost agreed on the first paragraph, your second is pure conspiracy theory, tinfoil and all.

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Registered: 11-17-2007
Tue, 11-15-2011 - 10:25pm

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sun, 11-13-2011 - 12:59pm

I think this is a misunderstanding - research has shown, that breastfeeding immediately after rotavirus vaccination weakens the effect of the vaccine, as the breastmilk neutralises the virus. However, a couple of hours of not breastfeeding should be perfectly enough to prevent this. No one speaks for vaccination *instead* of breastfeeding - ideal for immunity is to do both

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Registered: 11-08-2011
Tue, 11-08-2011 - 10:51am
NO way! Breastfeeding all the way. Vaccinations are way scarier than any disease they prevent.
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Registered: 10-03-2011
Wed, 11-02-2011 - 12:59pm
I'd tell them to take those shots and shove it. ;)

I'm a huge breastfeeding advocate. I breastfed mine to nearly 18 months (both of them) and strongly advocate for breastfeeding in most circumstances. However, a significant delay in breastfeeding can sabotage a nursing relationship... those critical first hours can make a difference between an easy transition or abject failure! Babies have to eat, and the introduction of ANY artificial nipples in those early days can result in nipple preference, poor latch, and decreased milk supply.

Now, with that said. After reading the full outline of the study, it doesn't recommend delaying breastfeeding in that way. Specifically:

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

It's talking about EVALUATING the effect of delaying breastfeeding AT THE TIME of immunization. I don't think the person in the original article is interpreting it right, and is blogging about a knee-jerk reaction she had.

You also have to weigh the potential benefits of the vaccine at partial potency with breastfeeding vs full potency without breastfeeding. The problem is that breastfeeding provides BETTER immunological benefits, so that the artificial solution has a hard time overcoming the immunological benefits of the breastmilk. That's NOT a bad thing.
~CMod Heather Mom of 2, Elisabeth (5) & Rebekah (3)