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Well, my kids are sick. The cousins have RSV, my kids have very similar symptoms - all we really know about my kids is that DS has pneumonia, ear infections, the works. I'd really like to say that we're still nursing, but we're not, he weaned when my supply dropped off.

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The question is - here I am quite close to the end of my pregnancy, probably delivering in the next week or so. How protective is breastfeeding against RSV? Against whatever else my kids might have? I have been, um, heavily exposed to this over the past almost-two-weeks but am not sick. I'm assuming my body manufactures elevated levels of antibodies anyway in response to the higher whatever-they-have concentration showing up in my body, and they'd be in the breastmilk (even the colostrum, right?). So would my breastfed baby be protected? How much so?
 

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i cant give you exact numbers, but yes, you would produce specific antibodies, and a babe who is bf is less likely to be hospitalized than a ff counterpart, assuming everything else is equal.
 

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BF may provide protection, but it is no guarantee. My sister exclusively BF her son, who ended up hospitalized with RSV for a month when he was 4 weeks old. His recovery was very quick, however, and once he was out of the NICU, he was home the next day. Much quicker recovery than was expected.
 

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My baby had RSV last Feb. He was 4 months old and exclusively breastfed. He was sick and miserable but he didn't have to be hospitalized. He didn't get as sick as and he recovered faster than my neice who was formula fed(She was put on oxygen but she was able to stay at home).

I hope you are all feeling better by the time the wee one arrives.
 
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