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    My ff 1 yr old who's at daycare rarely gets sick ! Touch wood!

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    My FF daughter has pretty much never been sick. In 3 yrs she's been to the dr for illness twice - 1 ear infection from swimming, and 1 bout of gastro from a plane journey. And then a couple of minor colds that haven't needed a dr.

    In my experience the BF babies I've known have been sicker, BUT the BF kids I know are also all in day care, whereas the FF ones aren't.

    I think that day care makes a bigger difference than feeding method.

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    And so in conclusion?

    There appears to be no correlation between how they are fed and how often they get sick.

    I think it's worrying how many mums think their kids can't get XYZ (including more serious illnesses) b/c they are BF. But not surprising given all the propaganda.

    Disclaimer (which I always feel I have to make): not saying there are no benefits to BF. Just that the health/immunity one appears to be wildly over exaggerated.

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    DS1 was breastfed until 2 and the worst he got was a runny nose during that time. Now he picks up things from his friends that go to daycare but mostly only colds.

    DS2 has been sick pretty much since he was born. He is breastfed too and at 5 months has had more colds than his 3.5 yr old brother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kw123 View Post
    And so in conclusion?

    There appears to be no correlation between how they are fed and how often they get sick.

    I think it's worrying how many mums think their kids can't get XYZ (including more serious illnesses) b/c they are BF. But not surprising given all the propaganda.

    Disclaimer (which I always feel I have to make): not saying there are no benefits to BF. Just that the health/immunity one appears to be wildly over exaggerated.
    I agree with you to an extent BUT I do believe that my children experience milder symptoms due to being breastfed because of the antibodies my breast milk makes in response to the environment and illness. For example my children will get a gastro bug that is going around but they recover a lot quicker than FF kids do and it will be a milder form ie they don't vomit as much and don't get the diarrhea side of it- ever! Same goes for a recent cough that was going around which was lasting weeks in some families, DS1 had it for a week, DS2 for a few days, DD for a few days, I had it for 1 day and DF had it for a week.

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    Both of my kids are bf and DS1 always had colds/chest infections/conjunctivitis and DS2 has been fairly healthy. I think it has something to do with what season they are born in and the fact that DS1 started childcare earlier. I have noticed that my boys don't get gastro even when the whole family has it. DS1 had a very mild gastro last time DH and I had it. I reckon it would have been worse if he wasn't still sneaking the occasional feed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kw123 View Post
    And so in conclusion?

    There appears to be no correlation between how they are fed and how often they get sick.

    I think it's worrying how many mums think their kids can't get XYZ (including more serious illnesses) b/c they are BF. But not surprising given all the propaganda.

    Disclaimer (which I always feel I have to make): not saying there are no benefits to BF. Just that the health/immunity one appears to be wildly over exaggerated.
    Well it's hardly a peer reviewed study
    The thing is, for BM to have the most protective properties, mum must be exposed to the same illness so she starts producing antibodies straight away. For the bf baby in daycare this is impossible, so mum might not start producing them until baby is actually ill. Which might lessen the duration of their illness or the severity.
    I don't think the immunological benefits are exaggerated but I do think they are greatly misunderstood- bf'ing isn't like a vaccine ( though I've seen that suggested!! ) or a cure all but there are many studies showing immunological benefits.
    Eta- that said, some kids are just more resilient or have stronger immune systems earlier than others. I think the immunological benefits of bf are great, but that is only one factor of a healthy kid- there are obviously plenty of healthy ff kids with tough immune systems too
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    Quote Originally Posted by kw123 View Post
    And so in conclusion?

    There appears to be no correlation between how they are fed and how often they get sick.
    I think this is generally true, and if she'd been on formula it wouldn't have made a difference to the frequency of colds.

    I think it was a good suggestion from a PP to take her to the Dr if she's continually sick, just to check that everything is ok and maybe mention to the MCHN at the next check-up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girl X View Post

    I think that day care makes a bigger difference than feeding method.
    I agree with this. I think some get a bit OTT about the powers of bm lol My kids only ever got sick during the DC stage. No matter how you feed your child, DC is a breeding ground for every bug and germ known to existance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    Well it's hardly a peer reviewed study <img src="images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" smilieid="92" class="inlineimg"
    The thing is, for BM to have the most protective properties, mum must be exposed to the same illness so she starts producing antibodies straight away. For the bf baby in daycare this is impossible, so mum might not start producing them until baby is actually ill. Which might lessen the duration of their illness or the severity.
    I don't think the immunological benefits are exaggerated but I do think they are greatly misunderstood- bf'ing isn't like a vaccine ( though I've seen that suggested!! ) or a cure all but there are many studies showing immunological benefits.
    Eta- that said, some kids are just more resilient or have stronger immune systems earlier than others. I think the immunological benefits of bf are great, but that is only one factor of a healthy kid- there are obviously plenty of healthy ff kids with tough immune systems too <img src="images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" smilieid="1" class="inlineimg"
    I get this, and I know I'm not "allowed" to draw any conclusions unless its from a peer reviewed study, but I still think that, in reality, there is no difference in sickness rates and FF and BF kids. There is zero way of proving that a kid gets a milder form if an illness because they are BF.

    BF babies gets sick as often as FF babies in my experience (and from what people say on here). Considering that so many people seem to think that BFing means your kid worth get sick, and/or it acts like a vaccine, how can you say that the benefits are not overstated? Its clear that they are.

    You know I think you're fab and I am not meaning to be argumentative but I think it's very concerning. Especially when you see/hear things like, my baby got whooping cough and I didn't think they could if they were BF (which I have seen on here!).

    I agree with Girl X that daycare is the biggest factor in illness!


 

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