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If you choose not to BF, and your child gets a disease that could have been prevented ...

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I'm not bashing anyone, or trying to cause fights, so lets respect each other's answers... I would just like a conversation started  where people share their thoughts and opinions on this topic...

I'll start out by saying this: My father was bottle fed after he got really ill, almost died, and the shock to my grandmother's system made her dry up. I was bottle fed too and so was my sibling. However I choose to BF my LO because I feel that I can protect her against diseases like diabetes, acute appendicitis, rheumatoid arthritis, inguinal hernia and ploric stenosis, to name a few.

So my question is this: If you choose not to BF and in 10, 20, 30, 40 years your DD or DS got diagnosed with an illness that is life changing, would you like to turn back the years and BF as it would reduce your child's risk to this disease or do you think your child won't get it, or do you think your child will get it no matter what you do today?


Edit:

Firstly I would like to thank everyone that shared their stories. I'm sorry to hear about so many children that is affected by diabetes. I chose diabetes as an example because I was diagnosed with GD that didn't go away and stayed after my daughter was born. There is no family history of diabetes, across family where my grandfather was one of 18 children and my other grandfather one of 11, so I have a huge family. I'm not overweight. I've always eaten healthy food, loved salad and vegetables  etc and yet, now I'm diabetic. 

So my reason for asking was not to make people feel like their parenting choices were bad or that breastfeeding is better or to make moms feel like failures or that they should blame themselves. I'm trying to figure out WHAT on earth LED to MY illness. As a mom I would most definitely go back and redo something I did wrong if I had the means to do so. We all do our best, but we all want a do over.

The illnesses that I quoted in my original question was what I researched on the web. Not something I sucked out of my thumb. And just to clarify AGAIN, I'm not accusing anybody. I was ff. I read a lot of interesting answers that made me think. I need people to challenge my thoughts so that I can push myself further into trying to understand this condition. BECAUSE I AM DIABETIC, my child has a risk of being diabetic. I'm allowed to ask questions without having to be insulted. Trust me if I wanted to insult mothers, you would know about it.

I do believe that breastfeeding reduces your child's risk to these diseases and others thats not mentioned. I don't however said that it would PREVENT them from getting it. So please don't misquote me.


by on Feb. 18, 2013 at 4:18 AM
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crwspringer
by Silver Member on Feb. 18, 2013 at 10:57 AM
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For every doc study you find that says one thing, you will find another disputing it.
These days we have so much crap in our food that we are being killed off by crazy cancers and new super bugs.
If you are going to worry about all this stuff all the time you are going to miss out on living your life.



Quoting stepconfused182:

 Formula fed babies have a 64% higher risk of developing Type II DM than a breastfed baby. Breastfeeding doesn't prevent anything per say, it is the standard. Formula increases the risk. I don't know what the statistics are on Type 1 DM because that's obviously a whole different ballgame! All these people are saying they have certain diseases and were bf, or are perfectly healthy and were FF. However, this is a very small percentage of the world population in which statistics are gathered. Overall, the facts support formula feeding increasing the risk of disease, including a 56% higher risk of SIDS than a BF baby. It's just facts. Not asking for a debate or to be rude and judgemental. It is what it is.


Quoting crwspringer:

I'm sorry, I'm having some trouble with this post. You seriously think breast feeding can prevent diabetes?
Well, my 12 yr old niece who was extended breast fed (until 20 months) was diagnosed with type 1 just shy of her 4th birthday.

 


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Momniscient
by Member on Feb. 18, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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I breastfeed for various reasons. That does not mean that I think it is miraculous. It is merely a bodily function that results in food.

By your reasoning blueberries are also miraculous as well as Ac'ai berries, mushrooms, avocados and soy. So it's cool. Food is food is food.

They are waffles that are blue. It's a joke from another group.

Quoting stepconfused182:

 That's unfortunate that you feel that way. To each his own.

What are those blue waffles??

Quoting Momniscient:

Nope. Merely food.

Quoting stepconfused182:

 A miracle food :)

Quoting Momniscient:

Correlation is not causation and if I chose not to bf it wouldn't even cross my mind.

Breastmilk is not a miracle it is merely food.

 


 



Jadegirl1819
by Bronze Member on Feb. 18, 2013 at 10:58 AM

I think you are ignorant about the kind of diseases you are talking about.

FYI, I breastfed and my son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 19 months old.   


Quoting MoeksieNature:

So for argument sake lets say your child gets type 1 diabetes, would you not wonder if it is something that could have been prevented? I know there isn't a lot of evidence going around, so I'm just curious. What if in 20 years time there is hard evidence that BFing could have prevented your child from developing Type 1 diabetes? Would you like to have a do over?

Quoting MrsRobinson06:

No because I believe they would have gotten the disease regardless of how they were fed at infancy. If you're meant to have a disease when you're older it will still happen.



 

itsamadfrenzy
by on Feb. 18, 2013 at 10:59 AM
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Why worry about one more thing?!

Its not like you can go back so you might as well deal with it the best that you can if it does happen.

stepconfused182
by Kelley on Feb. 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM

 Oh for heavens sakes. Missing out on life I am not. I am a pediatrician and it is my JOB to obtain the most accurate and correct information available for my patients. This isn't a "doc study" (whatever that is), it is based on clinical trials. You wouldn't believe the difference in the health of infants in bf vs ff babies that I see. It would blow your mind. Like I said earlier, I am not trying to debate or put others down. These are just facts. Take it or leave it!

Quoting crwspringer:

For every doc study you find that says one thing, you will find another disputing it.
These days we have so much crap in our food that we are being killed off by crazy cancers and new super bugs.
If you are going to worry about all this stuff all the time you are going to miss out on living your life.



Quoting stepconfused182:

 Formula fed babies have a 64% higher risk of developing Type II DM than a breastfed baby. Breastfeeding doesn't prevent anything per say, it is the standard. Formula increases the risk. I don't know what the statistics are on Type 1 DM because that's obviously a whole different ballgame! All these people are saying they have certain diseases and were bf, or are perfectly healthy and were FF. However, this is a very small percentage of the world population in which statistics are gathered. Overall, the facts support formula feeding increasing the risk of disease, including a 56% higher risk of SIDS than a BF baby. It's just facts. Not asking for a debate or to be rude and judgemental. It is what it is.


Quoting crwspringer:

I'm sorry, I'm having some trouble with this post. You seriously think breast feeding can prevent diabetes?
Well, my 12 yr old niece who was extended breast fed (until 20 months) was diagnosed with type 1 just shy of her 4th birthday.

 


 

Runrunmommy
by on Feb. 18, 2013 at 11:05 AM
I breastfeeding my ds1 for 14 months and he was Dxd with type 1 diabetes at 25 months. I was shocked and thought my extended nursing would have prevented this disease. The truth is, no one has figured out why my lo a cause has t1d. Maybe it's in our genes, maybe it was a virus attacking his body, etc..I can't be naive and think that breastfeeding alone will protect my current nursling. I've got to give vitamins, stay current on shots, and be the best mom to my kids. My hubby and I lived thru the horror for three years already of having to give our baby insulin to keep him alive every two to four hour around the clock. It sucks and it has nothing to do with breastfeeding or not breastfeeding.
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stepconfused182
by Kelley on Feb. 18, 2013 at 11:07 AM

 How can a food that is constantly changing and adapting to PERFECTLY meet your baby's caloric, protein, fat and nutrient needs not be considered miraculous? Just a few things I think classify it as just this..... It is more effective than an antibiotic. It heals rashes, cuts, scrapes, sore throats. At each feeding, it starts out as a thirst quencher and slowly changes to provide your baby with a feeling of fullness. It can sit out at room temperature for 10 HOURS and in the refrigerator for 8 DAYS without needing to be thrown away. It can clear up a congested nose in an instant. Mine and your idea of miraculous are very different.........

Quoting Momniscient:

I breastfeed for various reasons. That does not mean that I think it is miraculous. It is merely a bodily function that results in food.

By your reasoning blueberries are also miraculous as well as Ac'ai berries, mushrooms, avocados and soy. So it's cool. Food is food is food.

They are waffles that are blue. It's a joke from another group.

Quoting stepconfused182:

 That's unfortunate that you feel that way. To each his own.

What are those blue waffles??

Quoting Momniscient:

Nope. Merely food.

Quoting stepconfused182:

 A miracle food :)

Quoting Momniscient:

Correlation is not causation and if I chose not to bf it wouldn't even cross my mind.

Breastmilk is not a miracle it is merely food.

 


 


 

butterflycircle
by on Feb. 18, 2013 at 11:08 AM

I would wonder if it could have been prevented but I wouldn't beat myself up over it. I think everything happens for a reason and God can make good out of any situation. I bottle fed my first baby but not for lack of trying to bf. If she gets something later in life I will not blame myself. 

Momniscient
by Member on Feb. 18, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Ok. If it makes you feel good... go with it.

Lol. I'm older and have kids under my belt as well as a scientist.

But, thanks for lecturing someone who already said they breastfeed... lol

Quoting stepconfused182:

 How can a food that is constantly changing and adapting to PERFECTLY meet your baby's caloric, protein, fat and nutrient needs not be considered miraculous? Just a few things I think classify it as just this..... It is more effective than an antibiotic. It heals rashes, cuts, scrapes, sore throats. At each feeding, it starts out as a thirst quencher and slowly changes to provide your baby with a feeling of fullness. It can sit out at room temperature for 10 HOURS and in the refrigerator for 8 DAYS without needing to be thrown away. It can clear up a congested nose in an instant. Mine and your idea of miraculous are very different.........

Quoting Momniscient:

I breastfeed for various reasons. That does not mean that I think it is miraculous. It is merely a bodily function that results in food.

By your reasoning blueberries are also miraculous as well as Ac'ai berries, mushrooms, avocados and soy. So it's cool. Food is food is food.

They are waffles that are blue. It's a joke from another group.

Quoting stepconfused182:

 That's unfortunate that you feel that way. To each his own.

What are those blue waffles??

Quoting Momniscient:

Nope. Merely food.

Quoting stepconfused182:

 A miracle food :)

Quoting Momniscient:

Correlation is not causation and if I chose not to bf it wouldn't even cross my mind.

Breastmilk is not a miracle it is merely food.

 


 


 



Jadegirl1819
by Bronze Member on Feb. 18, 2013 at 11:10 AM

 This is a serious question and I am not meaning to put anyone down.  Is breastfeeding and formula feeding the only difference between the infants you see?  All the families have the same lifestyle, medical histories, all the infants have a stay at home parent?  There are so many different factors I don't see how a doctor can say that it's all due to breastfeeding or formula feeding.


Quoting stepconfused182:

 Oh for heavens sakes. Missing out on life I am not. I am a pediatrician and it is my JOB to obtain the most accurate and correct information available for my patients. This isn't a "doc study" (whatever that is), it is based on clinical trials. You wouldn't believe the difference in the health of infants in bf vs ff babies that I see. It would blow your mind. Like I said earlier, I am not trying to debate or put others down. These are just facts. Take it or leave it!

Quoting crwspringer:

For every doc study you find that says one thing, you will find another disputing it.
These days we have so much crap in our food that we are being killed off by crazy cancers and new super bugs.
If you are going to worry about all this stuff all the time you are going to miss out on living your life.



Quoting stepconfused182:

 Formula fed babies have a 64% higher risk of developing Type II DM than a breastfed baby. Breastfeeding doesn't prevent anything per say, it is the standard. Formula increases the risk. I don't know what the statistics are on Type 1 DM because that's obviously a whole different ballgame! All these people are saying they have certain diseases and were bf, or are perfectly healthy and were FF. However, this is a very small percentage of the world population in which statistics are gathered. Overall, the facts support formula feeding increasing the risk of disease, including a 56% higher risk of SIDS than a BF baby. It's just facts. Not asking for a debate or to be rude and judgemental. It is what it is.


Quoting crwspringer:

I'm sorry, I'm having some trouble with this post. You seriously think breast feeding can prevent diabetes?
Well, my 12 yr old niece who was extended breast fed (until 20 months) was diagnosed with type 1 just shy of her 4th birthday.

 


 


 

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