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So breastfeeding is supposed to reduce ear infections, right? My 4.5 mos old has already had 2 (!!!!) and has had 3 nasty colds. Twice now we've had to have antibiotics, and I'm ticked! What am I doing wrong?!?!? His brother has a lot of food allergies and issues, and our holistic ped was shocked he hasn't had recurrent ear infections, but why am I having troubles with my EBF babe and recurrent ear infections? We cosleep, obviously even during colds and congestion; is that the problem?<br><br>
Anyone else's babe have these problems? I know he's so young still, but I'm so worried about tubes. Everyone's always shocked because bf'ing is supposed to reduce ear infections.
 

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Statistically BFing does reduce ear infections, but you have to remember that there are always outliers in statistics - in other words, you have a large sample, and there's an 'average', but there will always be children on one extreme end of the spectrum or the other. Some breastfed children DO get sick! -- just the same as some formula fed children, who never get an ear infection.<br><br>
The cosleeping shouldn't be an issue, in fact nursing him through colds etc. will help him get your antibodies to whatever germs are running around the house.<br><br>
Are you on a restricted diet right now (since Big Brother had food allergies, etc)? Ear infections might be a manifestation of a dairy allergy. I had wicked ear infections from the time I was a toddler (when my mom intro'd cow's milk -- along with still nursing) until I was school age, when a dr. finally asked her, "When will you cut out the dairy already??"<br><br>
My last thought was that ear infections don't typically respond well to antibiotics anyway -- it might be worth talking over with your ped, since he's already had two courses of them in his short life.
 

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yeah, PP is right. it's a statistical reduction, so it doesn't mean that there aren't BF'd babes with lots of infections. DH had to get tubes in his ears as a little kid but was BF'd for 18 months.<br><br>
have you tried a chiropractor? especially during colds/congestion, i always get my DD adjusted. she has yet to have an ear infection (knock on wood)!
 

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Apparently a tendency to ear infections is partly structural - having tubes that get easily blocked.<br><br>
Just think how many he'd have if he wasn't breastfed.
 

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EXACTLY what I was thinking! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I asked this same thing awhile back. I exclusively nursed my DS and he was sick ALL. THE. TIME... it seemed like... the ladies here told me basically that he would've been worse off had he not been nursing. It does make a lot of sense.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I'll second the chiro (or a cranial-sacral doc). Stopped my daughter's EIs cold (3+ yrs and counting).<br><br>
Lots of other good ideas here:<br><br><a href="http://www.healthy.net/scr/article.asp?ID=1175" target="_blank">http://www.healthy.net/scr/article.asp?ID=1175</a><br><br>
Things would be worse if you weren't breastfeeding, but it's not enough by itself.
 

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I'm all for co sleeping--the more breastmilk the better--but you also might consider sleeping him in a carseat next to your bed. My doc recommended this--said it takes the pressure off ear drums and helps drain them.<br><br>
Also, you can put drops of breastmilk in the ears (also doc recommended--I have a cool ped). My DD didn't like it at first but got used to it. Takes DH and myself, me holding DD, and he with a dropper.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Also, you can put drops of breastmilk in the ears (also doc recommended--I have a cool ped). My DD didn't like it at first but got used to it. Takes DH and myself, me holding DD, and he with a dropper.</div>
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I have done this too when dd was having ear issues (except I just squirted it in dee-rect from the boob <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">) It seemed to help.
 

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I wouldn't stress about the possibility of tubes. DD had chronic fluid on the ear (though few infections--compared to my DH and my sisters at that age who had the same problem) and got tubes in at age 2. The result was no worries about ear infections, fewer antibiotics needed, and she could hear properly (fluid on the ear impaired her hearing which delayed her speech).
 

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I'll add another plug for chiropractic care. My DS had one ear infection and it lasted only a day--he gets adjusted regularly. It helps with his congestion from colds/teething.<br><br>
You are certainly doing nothing wrong, although I know it is frustrating to see your little one ill when you are doing your best to give them optimal health!
 

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Thanks so much guys! It's been so upsetting lately, but spring is in the air, and we're getting out more. That definitely helps the mood!<br><br>
I'll try the breastmilk drops. I wish with all my might we could do chiro care, but there's no way in the world we could afford the copays through our insurance. With my oldest's allergy troubles, we're shelling out thousands just in these last few months (no joke at all) in testing, alt meds, etc. And we struggle just to keep food on the table as it is! With gas prices rising, forget it! I'm bummed. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: Oh well; these are the experiences which humble us.
 

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DS was always sick as a baby too (croup, ear infections, etc) and at 15 months had tubes put in. He was also EBF and I nursed him until he was 2. My mom would tell me the same thing as the other posters--just think about how worse it would be if you didn't nurse!<br><br>
The good news is once he hit about 3-3.5, we haven't had any illnesses. He's rarely sick now. I think he built up some immunity and the BM is helping him in the longrun.<br><br>
I've never dealt with a chiro so I can't help you there.
 
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