I'm sorry, but you must be looking in the wrong place. I have been told that I did not try hard enough to feed my babies because I didn't try and source donor milk after I couldn't breastfeed due to a medical condition, had a c/section, a uterus infection, newborn twins and no car. Please, do not try and pretend like that kind of thing doesn't happen - you'd have to be living under a rock not to see it.
Answering the question about taking children to a developing country... Having spent a month in a developing country doing humanitarian work I wouldn't take a child there. And it's not because of potential diseases. It's because of a lack of sanitation, medical facilities and lower personal safety. Vaccination is a long way down my list of reasons.
I don't believe it's selfish to consider the risks accociated with vaccinations and choose not to use them for your family. You all might not agree with me and that's fine but I don't think it's polite to post comments declaring other members selfish.
People seem to be getting a bit upset about it so I'll leave it here I think.
I don't think it is 'polite' to increase the risk of health complications of others.
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Emily and HOF, you're being evasive. If you were forced to live somewhere where measles was rife, would you choose to vaccinate?
But I guess that's my point. It *is* selfish by definition. I don't think politeness comes into it.
When my son was born, actually when I was pregnant, we asked MIL to immunize against whooping cough. She wouldn't do it because she doesn't believe in putting chemicals in your body. I didn't want to let her see/hold him as a newborn because of this. She told me I was being selfish. I agreed. I was! I was putting myself (or my infant) ahead of her need to see him. My/our perceived needs came first. That's what selfish means. Just own it, is what I'm saying, I guess...
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