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I got my now-22-month-old DD vaccinated against varicella when she was 12 months old. Since doing more reading about it, I was beginning to feel anxious and upset about my ill-informed decision, and I'm still not sure I've made the right choice - but my question is this:
I have breastfed Claire til now. I had chicken pox twice as a child. Does my now-natural immunity to chicken pox afford HER any immunity through BM?
Hope someone can answer!
As I understand it, yes. Your antibodies pass through right from day one, colostrum is the most wonderful stuff :yes:
Measles immunity is passed on, however not chicken pox. I had chicken pox three times as a child and did lots of investigation before I had my four children vaccinated.
Best thing I ever did. There was an outbreak at school and my daughter had about six spots on her tummy that lasted two days and was not sick. Her friends and classmates had up to two weeks off school and were in agony.
My other three didn't get any symptoms.
I was advised by a doc (and LC, I think - long time ago :o) that my babies were passed my chicken pox immunity, but only while I was bfing. I'm guessing it would last a little while after I stopped, but I was certainly given the impression that it was not permanent. Then again, CP seems to be the kind of thing one can get several times anyway...
Good question as I was just thinking I know someone who exclusively b/f her baby and did until she was over 2. But she got chicken pox on her first birthday and it was the worst case of chicken pox I have ever seen in my life I could not even look at the poor little darling without feeling sick (she even had them under her eye lids):eek: I thought she would have had a pretty good immunity against it??
I guess that would really depend on whether the mum had had CP, mermaid! Interesting q though....
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