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#1 of 5 Old 10-05-2008, 01:39 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My friends niece (13 months old) has kidney cancer. The babys mom does breastfeed. She thought because the baby was a year old that she had to be weaned and getting the majorty of her food from solids. I told my friend that BFing is what help saved that childs life when going thru chemo and that BM is perfect food. I also told her that BM has protiens in it that kill cancer cells so the longer she can the better.

Are there any resources out there that support that BM is extremely good for babies with cancer? Also she said the babies teeth are hurting her. Is there a way to fix the latch so this doesnt happen?

Me(33), Mama to a crazy DD (6), Wife to a wonderful mountain man(32) BF my babe for 2 years.
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Just wanted to send a for your friend and her daughter.
And for you - you're a great friend to try and help.
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Google "breastmilk cancer"

Created an instant family (7/89 and 5/91) in 1997. Made a baby boy 12/05 adopted a baby girl 8/08. Ask me about tandem adoptive nursing. Now living as gluten, dairy, cane sugar, and tomato free vegetarians. Homeschooling and loving it.

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12665051

Here is just one link. Google HAMLET for more information. Sorry you and your friend are having to go through this.
-Sally

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At just over 1 year, most babies should still be transitioning from "mostly breastmilk" to "mostly other foods". For a babe with cancer, breastmilk should still be the primary nutrition, especially if s/he is getting chemotherapy. BM is so easy to digest, it would be very soothing on an upset tummy. It would also be very emotionally soothing to babe.

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/ebf-benefits.html

http://www.springerlink.com/content/p322q7225xx03256/

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This chapter reviews the most important antimicrobial and antitumor peptides derived from milk proteins, especially those that may have a physiological significance to the suckling neonate.

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