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Okay, so this is a little premature...I'm not due for another 3 weeks. But with my first daughter, my pediatrician told me not to take her out of the house until she had her 2 month shot (it's silly 'cause on the very day we got the shots, the Dr. said "now you guys can go out and enjoy yourselves" as if she was instantaneously protected from all diseases).<br>
Since we are not vaxing with this one, when is it "safe" to take her out. My daughter has a couple of Mommy and Me classes she loves and I would have to take the baby with us.<br>
So what do you think? Should I wait a couple weeks, months? She will be breastfed exclusively.<br>
Thanks for any input/suggestions.
 

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What a ridiculous notion I agree.<br><br>
Maybe he's worried about a newborn giving someone else a disease instead of contracting it ? Who knows what dr's really think ?<br><br>
If she's being exclusively breastfed and you keep your hands clean (with plain soap and water) I see no need why she can't go out immediately.<br><br>
Personally I wouldn't let anyone else hold her. Maybe the doc thinks you are going to pass the baby around like bean dip ? Pass the baby please! lol
 

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I don't see why you can't take the baby out right away. Maybe at least wait until your milk comes in so you know your baby has gotten all the colostrum full of antibodies. That's what I did. Not because I was scared she would get sick, but I just wanted to make sure she was healthy, well-fed and gaining weight because I didn't want to deal with a sick baby right away. I also waited so I could get plenty of rest!
 

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That sounds like advice from the 1950's.<br><br>
Take your baby out as soon as you feel up to it. If she's breastfed you have nothing to worry about. I had dd out a day after she was born, we homebirthed and I felt AWESOME within 24 hours. Just don't push it for your own healing, KWIM?<br><br>
My best advice would always be to nurse and use a sling when you take her out. That way no one can touch her or sneeze on her or cough near her, KWIM?
 

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Jeez, I'm amazed my son is still alive <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
For the Mommy & Me classes, I would absolutely go. I'll have to look at my papers, but don't you have to put siblings in a sling in order for them to come into the gym area?
 

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I took my daughter to church 4 days after birt. I just did what others have said, don't pass her around, don't let sick ones near and such. I would also take precautions to stay on the other side of the room from any sick kiddos. I took my niece to a mommy and me class when her new sister was 2 weeks old. Some kid with a cold passed it to her and then she brought it home to baby. SO you may wanna keep an eye on your first dd.
 

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Yea, I agree with most here. Go out, keep baby in a sling on you, and have fun. Even traditional cultures have a rest period for mom and baby after birth. I wouldn't pass the little one around. But even if you do stay locked up, DH can bring home yucky viruses from work. It's a ludacris idea that baby would stay sterile or something. Baby should be a part of your life.<br><br>
I think The Continuum Concept, by Jean Liedloff has some interesting things to say about the role of a young baby. It's a good read.<br><br>
I think that mass vax has just complicated the issue by making people think that the 2 mo shots are magic or something. Like, now that baby has been vaxed, they are impermiable to illness. The vast majority of what baby might catch is not vaxed for anyway, so don't even worry about it. Mine got RSV at 2 mo from Daddy bringing it home (we all got it). He was sick and then got better. But those babies who got it who weren't BFed got WAAYYY sicker than mine - and believe me, mine was sick enough! Just BF, wash with soap (not anti-bact junk), and keep baby safe on you in a sling or wrap. Then enjoy and don't worry!
 

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I bet your doc is thinking of pertussis. If you're bf'ing, I wouldn't worry about it.<br>
Vaxed babies are close to one before they're even close to "immune" from the vaxes.<br>
Keep her in a sling while she's little and take her out whenever you want. <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 love this forum!! You all are so knowledgeable and really offer outstanding advice! Thanks for your support and views.
 

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I started taking ds out when he was 3 days old. The only time he's been sick was a few days after being vaxed (had a slight cold). I'm sure the vaxes weakened his immune system leaving him more succeptable! (why red flashing warning lights did not go off in my head at that point I dunno!!!!)<br><br>
Like the PPs said, take percautions and your dc will be fine!
 

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My dd is 5 months old and unvaxed. She has been out and about since birth and *unbelievably*, she is healthy and still alive.
 

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My oldest went to a wedding the day after we got realeased from the hospital (and that was my c/s birth!). He was vaxed at 2 mos, but hasn't had any since then. My baby is vax free and we've been all around since his birth. Unfortunatley my kids seem to be prone to illnesses in winter and get EIs from Jan-April so I while I take them out, I try to keep them germ free then. <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 wouldn't keep a newborn home to protect them from disease, but I would try to shelter them a bit from large groups of noisy people, bright lights, sound systems and other unpleasant detritus of modern life. It seems to me to be okay to shelter babies a bit at first, cocoon them a little. They are very sensitive little guys/gals, sensitive to light, noise and atmosphere, and without much ability to process stuff at first.<br><br>
My daughter had her babies at home and kept them "close" for about 6 weeks. With the first one she had a dumb pediatrician who insisted that she had to see the baby right away (she didn't trust the midwife to do a newborn exam). My daughter managed to hold her off until the baby was 9 days old. My daughter felt that the baby hated the car seat (her words "she shut down"), hated being handled by the doctor (who had cold hands!) and generally hated being hauled out into the world. With the second baby she has a gp who knows that midwives are competent, so he didn't need to go to the doctor until four weeks old. The doctor is within walking distance, so he could ride in his pram.<br><br>
It is okay to shelter babies...from silly doctors...from malls...from icy air-conditioning blasts...from sick people. But good old-fashioned normal life is okay!<br><br>
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I agree with Deborah as far as protecting them a bit from the noise, lights, and most of all stupid pedicatricians.<br><br>
Other than that, wait till your milk is in, then nurse, nurse, nurse and take the baby with you all the time.<br><br>
Mommy's groups are the greatest. Not only does the baby benefit from being around kids' happy sounds but the toddlers benefit from the newborn as well. I read an article not all that long ago that toddlers who were around unvaccinated infants are less likely to come down with MS.<br><br>
Sorry, I'm not at home right now so I can't quote it exactly but that's what I remember.<br><br>
My dd took her son out to friends' house when he was about 3 weeks and from then on she took him just about everywhere.
 

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We were out and about at day 9, although I wasn't really up to it and ended up overdoing it for myself. I was most worried about the dr's office at day 10, but I just tried to avoid touching anything. We've been out a few times a week since then. We go shopping and to visit family and friends, and she hasn't caught anything yet. EBF here, too.
 

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My son (who will be 3 in the fall) is totally unvaxed and he has been everywhere. We first went shopping at the mall when he was 3 days old. We also went to church that night. He was out and about all the time. He's been on flights, to Disneyland numerous times, parks, camping, beaches......all the normal stuff kids do. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">That sounds like advice from the 1950's.<br><br>
Take your baby out as soon as you feel up to it. If she's breastfed you have nothing to worry about. I had dd out a day after she was born, we homebirthed and I felt AWESOME within 24 hours. Just don't push it for your own healing, KWIM?<br><br>
My best advice would always be to nurse and use a sling when you take her out. That way no one can touch her or sneeze on her or cough near her, KWIM?</div>
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ditto this, for me, exactly <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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