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Random thought..Breast Milk vrs Breast Milk?
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Does that mean if you are still breastfeeding at twelve months the baby isn't benefitting from mother's immunity? I don't understand that, surely they would benefit? I think at 4 weeks the baby could have had immunity from you if you had it as a child, I think it is called pasive immunity and happens in pregnancy when it is passed from your blood to the baby.
No, immunity wanes, often quite quickly. That is why the vaccination schedule for certain diseases kicks in from 2 months.
But that link is saying the passive immunity wanes, not specifically the immunity from breastfeeding. I have found links saying the benefits go on as long as you breastfeed but most are from organisations that might be perceived as biased. There seem to be alot of American hospitals advocating the benefits.
Re the vaccination schedule wouldn't that be influenced by the fact that the majority of mothers have stopped breastfeeding well before two months?
I would be interested in what one of the breastfeeding peer supporters say, some of the sites I looked at definitely say the benefits carry on while you are feeding. It seems logical to me that the immunity the baby acquires in the womb would wane but that the immunity from breast milk would continue. I am interested in this as my DIL is trying to find out as much as she can to help her make a decision about breast feeding. Her mother didn't and I did but neither of us are millitant about it. I do think it is a shame that her mother seems to believe that her babies didn't like breast milk and DIL seems to think this is likely to be passed on i.e. she didn't like breast milk so her baby won't but then my sons love of it might balance that out
But isn't that because most of them will have stopped breastfeeding? I absolutely agree that the immunity gained in the womb will have gone, what I am asking about is the immunity gained from breastfeeding. If the majority were still breastfeeding at 2 months your point would be very relevant but that isn't true is it?
You are both right in different ways. I would expect though that the vaccination schedule is based on expecting most people to have given up or not initiated breastfeeding.
I'll be back with some stuff for your DIL to think about later Mumps.
I don't know the stats on how long most women breastfeed for. Most of my friends who did it did it until their baby was weaned.