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My twin daughters were born prematurely at 30 weeks. I was able to pump and give them ebm supplemented with formula. I never did produce enough to give them bm soley everytime and once they were old enough, they never took to the breast. After 4 months of pumping exclusively, I started to dry up and had to quit.<br><br>
They didnt have any major problems with being born so early and they are almost 14 months old now and have only had 2 minor colds. My question is, do you think this helped their immuntiy by only being bf for 4 months? do you think by not being bf for longer that it could compromise their immune systems later? We havent really kept them away from anything or anyone unless they are sick.<br><br>
I am really concerned b/c I wanted to bf for at least the first year but my body just wouldnt do it. I tried all the herbal remedies like mother's tea and fenegrek and it didnt help at all.<br><br>
Oh, and if anyone is curious, they are 100% vax free....
 

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Any amount of BF/BM is helpful to their immune systems. I BF for 7 months almost exclusively by pumping(with the exception of a few formula bottles thrown in when I had mastitis and had to catch up). My son started taking formula completely at almost 8 months. I wish I could have BF longer but (like you) found no remedy that would increase my milk supply.<br><br>
Any amount is better than none! I wish I could have gone longer in some ways...but my little guy was down to just 2 6 ounce bottles a day by the time I stopped...and quickly went down to just 1 6 ounce bottle a day. You do all that you can but sometimes there are limitations that we cannot control!
 

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It sounds like you controlled what you could and they are doing really well; I imagine the bf helped their immune systems - how could it not? I know that formula can compromise the gut flora and pH, but you are probably on top of that with their diets if you aren't seeing any trouble.
 

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I was formula fed starting at 3 months and grew up, in the 50s in a non-vaxing family. I've got a pretty good immune system, and I think not being vaxed helped. My two older brothers were probably only nursed for a few days (it was really challenging to bf in the 40s and 50s), my younger sister for 11 months my younger brother 7 (?) months. We are all still alive <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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What a great job you did providing your milk. They have benefited from it greatly. Most of the studies we have about how great breastmilk is, is based on babies being breastfed for short amount of time-- like under 6 mths. This is because it is hard to find a large amount breastfed passed that age to do big studies.
 

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YES!<br>
I think the average number of colds for a 1 year old baby is 8, so 2 colds for preemies in 14 months is INCREDIBLE! I am certain the the 4 months of breast milk that you provided for them made the difference. You've done a great thing!<br><br>
I know that the gut of a baby is considered to be unusually permeable to large proteins for the first 6 months, so to be honest, I am not certain how antibodies are absorbed from the breast milk after that age anyway (However, I'm still EPing for my son at 13 months and will do so as long as I can and he'll drink it - he's had only 2 colds at 13 months and he's a tall and rotund fellow!)
 

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