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so if a child that is not mine, drinks my breastmilk, does that mean he/she gets all my anibodies the same as my child would?



Asked by mamagee1218 at 11:59 AM on Oct. 30, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Yes. However, our nipples actually communicate with a nursing child and will "personalize" the milk needed to suit the child's needs. So nursing any child will slightly alter the milk you produce. This means a one time deal will get this child the extra nutritional needs that your specific child needs, however if it continues over time your milk will alter to their needs as well.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 1:23 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • Yes, the child is ingesting & metabolizing your breastmilk & everything it is made up of, just as if he or she were drinking formula or eating table food.

    Answer by mom2aspclboy at 12:32 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • yes, i would assume so.

    Answer by samurai_chica at 12:11 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • yes

    Answer by layh41407 at 12:12 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • From your breast, yes, from a bottle, not as much:
    Your milk has the highest level of antibodies when your baby takes it directly from your breast, and is second-best when it is freshly pumped. The longer it is stored, the more of these antibodies are deactivated. Freezing destroys even more antibodies. (Your frozen milk still provides excellent nutrition and protection for your baby, just not as good as directly from the breast or freshly pumped.)

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 3:11 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • Sure does

    Answer by MsHouseWife at 4:41 PM on Oct. 30, 2010