My DS is now 6, was breastfed nearly 4 years. He has had 4.5 days off school in 6 months....so not really sick all that often.
My DD is now 21 months, was breastfed 15 months, and attends full time daycare. She has had about 9 days off for illness since January, which I think is pretty good all things considered.
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29-06-2013 20:49 #11
29-06-2013 20:51 #12
Neither of my kids get sick often maybe a handful of times each and even then it's not that bad
One was ff the other was bf
29-06-2013 20:59 #13
DD1 was ff and is 10 now and healthy as a horse. She did get sick as a baby, I remember a bad bout of gastro that ended in a trip to hospy, two cases of impetigo, various colds, fevers etc and as a toddler suspected whooping cough (not confirmed though and yes, vaccinated). Going to childcare meant she got everything going. DD2is bf and is 9 months now and has had one fever.
I do know ff kids who seem to get sick a lot and bf kids less so, but I also know ff kids that are rarely ill. I don't know any sickly bf kids but that could be because I don't know that many bf kids.
29-06-2013 21:19 #14-
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I hope your little one gets better soon. It's so hard when they're sick.
My experience: My first two children didn't get sick while they were being breastfed, but my third (also BF) did get a few colds in her first year. She's now weaned and in daycare, and she gets everything! At daycare, all the babies in the babies room (BF & FF) have been sick a lot this winter.
30-06-2013 00:20 #15
Both of my bf babies started getting sick around 6-7 months. DS caught a cold around 4 months. DD is 8 months old just recovered from her first cold.The mothers antibodies apparently suppose to protect them for a few months after they are born or something like that.
When DD was 5 months old everyone in the house (DH, me and my 2 year old boy) have all caught a stomach flu which is highly contagious, DS still kept on kissing DD and I had to bf her and cuddle her as usual and she didn't catch a thing!
Have you checked with the doctors? They can do some blood test to see if everything is ok.
30-06-2013 00:26 #16
Twice in 2 1/2 years and she's only ever had antibiotics once (about a month after turning 2).
No daycare though.
Totally in love with our two beautiful little girls.
Feb 2011 and May 2013
30-06-2013 07:37 #17Senior Member
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I am in the same boat. DS is 8 months now and has been sick with colds, chest infections and ear infections on and off since he was born. Had his first cold at 3 weeks old. We would be lucky to have had two full weeks between each bout.
And he has never had a drop of formula. They say bfing helps boost immunity because they get your antibodies. If that's the case I would hate to see DS if he was ff.
30-06-2013 07:39 #18
My bf baby was never sick once until I started her on formula. 7 months.
30-06-2013 07:45 #19
DS2 has been BFd since birth, exclusively for the first 6 months, still 3-4 times a day at almost 12 months. He doesn't go to daycare. He's sick all the time. At least once every 3-4 weeks he has a cold or a fever or something.
DS1 was BFd for 5 months. He went to daycare from 6-15 months. He used to get colds and ear infections all the time. He had 6 ear infections in his first 18months. He rarely gets sick now since he's been out of daycare. In fact, he hasn't even had a cold since 18 months (he's 3).
30-06-2013 07:48 #20
Yep mine was the same, but she was in daycare so I figured it was from that. There seemed to be no difference between when she was breastfed and when she switched to formula. She had both for a while before I decided to switch completely over when she wasn't having the random feeds anymore or waking through the night for a feed. Not sure if it helps, but she seemed to have outgrown it by the time she moved to the toddler room.
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