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nicolemarie's Avatar nicolemarie 01:02 AM 04-05-2009
My DS was breastfed from birth to 2 years old and we have not vaxed. We just adopted a 3 month old baby who has been formula fed from birth and although I am working on inducing lactation, the results have been poor. I have received a small amount of donor milk, but it is not enough to feed him exclusively.

My question to you...

Would you selectively vaccinate a non-breastfed child? He received the Hep-B vax at birth and was circ'd, all of which we had no control over. I'm lost and don't know what to do.

TIA!

denimtiger's Avatar denimtiger 01:19 PM 04-05-2009
What are your reasons for not vaxing your oldest? What do you believe about the vaccinations and the diseases the vaccinations are designed to protect against?

If you do not vax your oldest because you believe that breastfeeding protects him from everything, then you have some serious decisions to make.

If you do not vax because you believe the risks of the vaccines outweigh any possible benefits, then your decision will be easier. It sounds like you need to go back to the research beginning of deciding which diseases you are afraid of and then looking at the vaccine and deciding if you believe the vaccine is safe and effective enough to inject into your child.

You have to do what makes you most comfortable.
AndVeeGeeMakes3's Avatar AndVeeGeeMakes3 01:21 PM 04-05-2009
It might be useful to you to come over the the adoption forum here on MDC. This is a discussion that happens a whole whole lot over there.

And, Congratulations!!!!!
nicolemarie's Avatar nicolemarie 01:52 AM 04-06-2009
Thank you Wendy, I am off to check it out. It will be very helpful to talk to other moms that can understand my concerns.
alegna's Avatar alegna 02:36 AM 04-06-2009
I would not. I would feel like not breastfeeding AND vaccinating would be two strikes.

-Angela
zoeyzoo's Avatar zoeyzoo 06:36 PM 04-06-2009
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I would not. I would feel like not breastfeeding AND vaccinating would be two strikes.

-Angela
Same with me. I couldn't vax my dd but she is not vaxed.
brendaziz's Avatar brendaziz 07:04 PM 04-06-2009
I agree.

For what I feel is best for my kids, that includes not vaxing and breastfeeding.
Take away the breastfeeding, and that changes nothing except that i'm not breastfeeding.
ammiga's Avatar ammiga 07:07 PM 04-06-2009
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I agree.

For what I feel is best for my kids, that includes not vaxing and breastfeeding.
Take away the breastfeeding, and that changes nothing except that i'm not breastfeeding.
Ditto!
rredhead's Avatar rredhead 03:34 AM 04-07-2009
My son was adopted. I did not breastfeed. He was on formula from day one. We took custody when he was three years old. We delayed all vaccines. (We were with his birthmom in the hospital, and she declined the Hep B for us, though we did do the Vit K. She was also happy to know that we weren't going to circ him.) We did the Hib at 7 months, and completed the series. The Hib is the only vax we did, and the only one we will do.

I hope this helps! And congratulations on the new addition to your family!


2bluefish's Avatar 2bluefish 02:51 PM 04-09-2009
My last child has sn and could not nurse. Nevertheless he's been as healthy as the other 2 as far as not getting colds, ear infections, fevers, etc. And we are not isolated at home - we are exposed to other people all the time. I really do believe vaxes break down the immune system rather than build it up.
MyLilPwny's Avatar MyLilPwny 01:42 AM 04-17-2009
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Originally Posted by nicolemarie View Post

Would you selectively vaccinate a non-breastfed child?
Personally, no I wouldn't. I would not recommend vaccines for anyone because I think they weaken the immune system, are harmful and ineffective, all of them.

If I was in your situation, I would do a homemade formula from www.westonaprice.org (they have recipes) and the nutrients in that should help strengthen his immune system; better than any commercial formula.
becca_howell's Avatar becca_howell 09:00 AM 04-17-2009
I heard it said on anther thread and I agree 100%: breastfeeding doesn't take away the dangers of vaccinations, so no I would not vaccinate simply because I could not breastfeed!
just_lily's Avatar just_lily 06:18 PM 04-17-2009
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I heard it said on anther thread and I agree 100%: breastfeeding doesn't take away the dangers of vaccinations, so no I would not vaccinate simply because I could not breastfeed!
That might have been me - I say it a lot. This question comes up a fair bit.

My baby has been on formula 100% since three weeks old. I have not, and will not, vax.

Being on formula may slightly increase her chances of getting sick, but it doesn't make vaccines any safer!! At nearly nine months old she has had only two minor colds (mainly just sniffles) and is loads healthier than my friends' vaccinated, breastfed babies.
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