I was a bit protective, mostly from other children. No kissing and no touching their face was my rule. I thought colostrum basically guarantees they can't get sick for a short window- anyone know about this?
DS1, I was very easy going with him. Went out to dinner the first night we brought him home. Went to the shops and passed him around lots. DS2, he was prem and I wouldn't let anyone hold him. It took a few weeks after he came home from the hospital (he was in hospital 7 and a half weeks) before I would take him anywhere and I would only use the baby carrier to protect him from other peoples germs, illnesses etc. He has very good immunity now, so I have become alot more relaxed now.
Last edited by New Hope; 26-06-2015 at 13:36.
I'm pretty happy to take them anywhere. I've had my babies in emergency wards through necessity in many occasions. That would probably give the highest risk of illness exposure!
They might not have had injections, but they do have immunity through breastmilk etc. I find most sick people keep their distance. No need to panic imo.
"Colostrum, the milk mothers produce in the first few days after birth, is especially rich in IgA, just at the time when the newborn is first exposed to the outside world and needs protection from germs and foreign substances entering his body. Colostrum also contains higher amounts of white blood cells and infection-fighting substances than mature milk.
One of the benefits of breatmilk is that each mother provides custom-designed milk to protect her infant. When a baby is exposed to a new germ, mother’s body manufactures antibodies to that germ. These antibodies show up in her milk and are passed along to her baby. Many a nursing mother can tell the story of the entire family–dad, mom, siblings–coming down with the flu and the nursing baby having the mildest case, or not getting sick at all. When mother comes down with a bug, the best thing she can do for her baby is to keep breastfeeding."
Last edited by SpicyTurtle; 25-06-2015 at 19:59.
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