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    Default Antibodies in Breast milk

    My bub is 6 weeks today. My first boy who is 7 is down with glandular fever. I believe I do have the antibodies for this virus as when I was young I believe I had this fever before. I am partially bfg my bub as my supply is still low.

    My question is, if I give both formula and BM to my baby, will this mess up the the ability of his gut to absorb these antibodies? Pretty
    much no choice re the partial bfg but really hope to protect him from his brother's bug.

    Also, is it possible to give my older one EBM for the purpose of helping him recover sooner?

    And antibodies don't get digested in the tummy??

    I know I am asking really technical, scientific questions. Just wondering if anyone can answer them.


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    I would give the ABA a ring and ask them as well. I know that when I had severe gastro I kept breastfeeding my 2 week old as per usual, as difficult as it was in order for her to have the antibodies that my body was producing as a result of being sick etc.
    The formula may mess with the gut's flora etc, so I am not sure if that will impact on the full absorption of antibodies into bub's gut from the breastmilk.

    If it were me, I would give your 7 year old some EBM as it certainly can't hurt, breastmilk is power stuff!

    Definitely give the ABA a call.

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    Default Antibodies in Breast milk

    I mixed feed my bub due to low supply and both my GP and echn said she will still get my antibodies from the BF's I give her, just not as many as if I were exclusively bfing, hence why I haven't weaned her- there is still benefits even if I only bf 2-4 times a day.

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