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Does anyone BOTTLEFEED and NOT VACCINATE their child?

post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 
I really don't want to get vaccinations for my baby. But unfortunately, breast feeding isn't working for me. I am having to feed her formula. I hear such good things about the immunities in breast milk and it seems everyone I know who dosen't vaccinate breast feeds their child.

Is there anyone here who dosent vaccinate and feeds their baby formula? Has your baby contracted any diseases?

I want to make sure she will still be protected with formula.

THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #2 of 30
We ff'ed our first DD and she had a nasty bout of rotavirus at about 11 months. No biggie, though, no complications whatsoever. Other than that, she had one ear infection at 5 mo.

Our second was on every formula and breastmilk for medical issues back and forth. She's never had any illnesses at all ever, knock on wood, but was only breastfed from maybe 4-8 months.

It didn't impact our decision to not vax. I think breastfeeding has awesome benefits esp. as far as immunity goes, but that's if your child comes in contact with these diseases. Our dds weren't in daycare and even around other kids indoors very much at all, so we never ran across them let alone had to fight them off. They have very few of the other risk factors, if any. They also have immune-boosters in other ways (organic, homemade baby food, fresh air, exercise, etc.).
post #3 of 30
I ff'd both of my babies. Since they were adopted, I also had to vax them up to six months (ie. finalization). But I would absolutely not vax while ff'ing if I were given that opportunity. You can add Baby Jarro (or other baby probiotics) and Vit C to formula to help boost their immune system if you need to. But, like the PP said, it really only becomes an issue if you child is exposed to the disease(s).
post #4 of 30
Due to 'no supply' issues, I have to FF.
My child is almost 6 months old, no vaxes, and he is perfectly healthy. I do use probiotics and powdered colostrum as supplements. I have SA on hand just in case I notice any symptoms arise.

You are not alone.
post #5 of 30
I breastfed up to 4 months but then went back to work FT and my supply went down dramatically, also didn't have time to pump at work and we turned to FF. From 4 months-11 months, we FF. DS is now 16 months and he hasn't had a darn thing *knock on wood*. I also feed him a strictly organic diet- minimal dairy and meat and more beans, fruits and veggies ect..
post #6 of 30
My first was formula fed, as was my third, and not vaxed. They never contracted the diseases until they were older (and in school)
post #7 of 30
My twins were bf until 4 months old. My supply was never that great and with certain circumstances (preemies, colicky, etc.) I started to dry and had to ff. My twins are 29 months old now and have had 4 runny noses due to teething, and only 2 colds (cough, slight fever) since birth. Completely healthy little girls...
post #8 of 30
So - if a child ends up being formula fed and NOT vax'd, what are the recommendations to maintain their health? I read about organic diets, homeopathy, etc. And what is SA? What does it stand for and how is it used?
post #9 of 30
Yup. DS was formula fed and not vaccinated. While breastfeeding may provide better immunity, the vaccines are still dangerous and contain the same ingredients whether you bf or ff. At least, that's how I see it.

We never did anything special to "maintain his health". We just washed our hands, fed him organic once he got into solid foods, and just generally used common sense.
post #10 of 30
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Originally Posted by MrsJez View Post
So - if a child ends up being formula fed and NOT vax'd, what are the recommendations to maintain their health? I read about organic diets, homeopathy, etc. And what is SA? What does it stand for and how is it used?
I would say use common sense about exposure. Don't overexpose them to populations where there's a risk. And good probiotics never hurt anyone. BioGaia makes a good probiotic for babies. Vit C suppl helps. Good hygeine - stressing the importance of washing hands. Once my baby was born, I made sure everyone who walked into our home washed their hands and anyone slightly sick wasn't able to hold him.
post #11 of 30
My girls were ff'd and we stopped vax'ing at 6 months. TBH I never even thought about any problems we might encounter due to ff'ing.
post #12 of 30
soren (almost 5 months) gets formula, probiotics and no vax. as of now nothing to speak of. he did catch a cold, but that's b/c his brother had a cold and WILL NOT BACK AWAY from him. he loves his brother, "SO MUCH" (imagine squeezing someone so hard you squish them -- smother them in kisses, etc.)
post #13 of 30
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Originally Posted by concernedmama82 View Post

I want to make sure she will still be protected with formula.
Your child won't have the benefit of your immunities from everyday bugs, or VADs that you may have been exposed to; adding vax would only magnify that disadvantage. Not vaxing allows their immune system to develop the best it can with the diet it is provided with.

SA is sodium ascorbate; it is a powder form of Vitamin C that can be added to food and drink.
post #14 of 30
Hi,

Due to unresolved low production issues, my baby is over 90% on formula.
I think he would be EVEN better prepared to fight disease if he was mainly on breastmilk.
However, even going directly to the cdc I didn't personally feel any more ocnfident on vax effectiveness or safety.

Being on formula didn't really affect my decisionof no vax
post #15 of 30
Mama, you sound worried about moving to formula. If that's the case, make sure you've spoken with a lactation consultant and La Leche League leader about resolving your breastfeeding issues. You could even post in the breastfeeding forums here.

If you've already done that, exhausting all possibilities, then I would do as Emmeline II suggested and add SA to the formula (in what amount I do not know), and I would also add Probiotics and EFA's. I would NOT buy the formula with added DHA/AHA because of this http://cornucopia.org/DHA/DHA_FullReport.pdf I would add good quality EFA's myself.
post #16 of 30
I don't see the two issues as related. The immunities from BFing are not permanant.
post #17 of 30
I had to supplement with formula for both kids. Dd weaned very early (5mo) and I ff her until 1yo. Unfortunately back then I didn't know about vaxes so she got them all. (including her 3yo shots but none after that). Ds was also supplemented but he nursed a little longer (till 9.5mo). He's never had a vax. Dd has had 2 or 3 ear infections, general colds/flu, thrown up a few times. Ds had a weird rash last year that I'm pretty sure was roseola and a couple colds. That's it.
post #18 of 30
Thread Starter 
What are probiotics and powdered colostrum? Can you tell me more about them? Where do you buy them? When do you use them- when your baby gets sick or to keep them healthy? Also, what is SA???? THanks!!
post #19 of 30
Thread Starter 
Question to those moms who have formula fed and had healthy babies- how do you protect them as infants or under one year old when they are in public? Do you take them to the mall or grocery store? Do you take them to public places? How do you keep them away from the germs? Do you just carry on normally or avoid certain places? Do you just make sure people don't come near him/her?

Thanks!!!!
post #20 of 30
If your still nursing have you checked out the Breastfeeding with problem area? They might have helpful tips on doing both and keeping what supply you do have to work for you. Just thought Id throw that out there
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