I know if I have been exposed to a risk, but do I *know* that my friend has not had unprotected 5ex (not talking about the frend in the OP here, just generally)? Do I know she would definitely disclose this to me? I certainly have no way of being sure a donor from the internet will disclose this to me.
And can I be sure the milk has been collected and stored safely??
No, I can't. The risk might be small, but the consequences are dire. I would not take the risk.
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10-02-2012 14:44 #42Senior Member
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Maybe you could go an ABA meeting or a playgroup if you don't already and meet some extra friends who also BF?
10-02-2012 14:47 #43Senior Member
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In my particular situation, I'd have to go with formula (prescription) since my babies are dairy and soy intolerant and I personally can't have even traces of either while feeding them.
Although, if there was a 100% guarantee that the EBM has absolutely no dairy or soy proteins, that's what I'd choose!
10-02-2012 14:49 #44
10-02-2012 14:56 #45
Personally I'd go formula over friends EBM. I would also be worried that the friend might have taken a medication that goes into EBM, or have an infectious disease that she might not even know of yet, etc.
But my main concern was how sterile the EBM is ... was the bottle it was put in clean? was the breast pump 100% clean? was it frozen within 24 hours of pumping? has it been defrosted by the freezer not working at any point?
If I'm storing EBM for my dd's use then I'm pretty strict. I don't think I could trust another friend to be 100% strict. BUT, if she had extra EBM that was pumped within the last 24 hours & stored in the fridge, then I'd probably seriously consider it.
10-02-2012 15:20 #46
EBM.... coz at least the baby is familiar with the taste of breast milk and it won't upset their stomach because it's made of completely different components to what their gut is used to.
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10-02-2012 15:47 #47
I'm all for bf and did myself for 5 months but every fortnight I gave my bubs a bottle of formula so I knew he would take it if somthing happend to me. It was great knowing I have a non fussy eater that would take formula. I have no problems using someone else's ebm but I would go the formula.
10-02-2012 15:54 #48
I'd go EBM.. Only cause I still believe that Wet`nursing was an awesome idea.
10-02-2012 16:42 #49
I do have a mothers group and playgroup that are lovely but all the mums there stopped BF'ing at 6-12mths. Whereas I am still trying albeit not succeeding very well BF'ing my 18mth old whilst pregnant. It is odd when everyone pulls out milk/formula for the mid morning snack for their toddlers and I pop out a boob...
I am lucky in that my family and in-laws are very pro BF but they are all of such different generations that it would be nice to share stories or experiences with women my age. I guess thats why I come on BH all the time - to share and gain insight into long term BF'ers.
Thanks again for your concern - I do appreaciate it.
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10-02-2012 17:48 #50
EBM in a heartbeat, how lucky you are to have that option
There is an interesting article about how just one bottle of formula changes a baby's gut flora and have lifelong effects, I think that is more to do with timing though, those first few months as a baby's gut matures are the worst.
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