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Not sure where to ask this one: swine flu and the choice to BF or FF question

Do you think this latest "pandemic" will encourage more mothers to breastfeed their babies? If you were more likely to use formula and then discovered that EBFing could help your baby be better armed against this outbreak of swine flu, would it change your mind about not BFing?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:48 PM on May. 18, 2009 in General Parenting

Answers (4)
  • Really? I don't think it all makes a big difference Hon.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:52 PM on May. 18, 2009

  • it really only makes a difference if Mom has had the swine flu and thus can pass immunity to baby

    breastfeeding is really something you have to be devoted to. And some people are just not... I don't think it makes a difference... people who do the research and are committed to providing the best for their kids do it.. wther a swine flu epidemic or new plague onset really doesnt make a difference

    Answer by MELRN at 10:00 PM on May. 18, 2009

  • "it really only makes a difference if Mom has had the swine flu and thus can pass immunity to baby" actually, this is not true. If baby is exposed to the flu and mom is not, mom will still make antibodies for the baby and give them through her milk. Mom's body reacts to the baby's saliva when baby nurses. That is how mom's body knows which antibodies to make.

    And to the original question: No, I don't think it will increase breastfeeding rates.

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 10:22 PM on May. 18, 2009

  • The World Health Organization, unlike American doctors uninfluenced by the dairy and formula industries, recommends breastfeeding for a minimum of 24 months.

    Answer by rkoloms at 7:56 AM on May. 19, 2009

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