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Updated: 2018-04-24T09:51:01.726+01:00

 



The rotavirus vaccine is given orally, would it de...

2014-10-25T15:05:59.783+01:00

The rotavirus vaccine is given orally, would it destroy the gut flora?



This is a beautiful article. Truly beautiful. It&#...

2014-03-08T22:00:48.080+00:00

This is a beautiful article. Truly beautiful. It's going on YNM now!

(Does anyone have an Internet megaphone?)



It's a bit late for those originally concerned...

2014-02-28T07:21:45.072+00:00

It's a bit late for those originally concerned with their milk supply, but I wanted to reply for those finding this later as I have. A baby only taking 20 minute breaks between feeds does not necessarly mean a low milk supply, some babies are frequent feeders. If you can handle it, feeding patterns will settle. If you genuinely do have a low supply (I did for a while) don't just reach for the formula and accept your lot unless you prefer to do this. Milk is a supply and demand system if you top up with formula then your body will not know to make the extra I don't suggest starving your baby... Formula can be used as a temporary measure if it is needed (I did on specialist advice) but there are ways to sort out your supply! Pumping with a decent electric pump after/between feeds. (Plus this gives you ebm to help top up with) eating certain foods etc can help. Check no medications etc are interfering and if none of that works you can be prescribed medications such as domperidone to increase it. GP's don't always know best - get hold of a breastfeeding specialist/lactation consultant and get the help you need with that supply! PS excuse typos feeding while typing :)



Hi. I have low milk supply and have to combo-feed....

2013-03-28T13:20:47.532+00:00

Hi. I have low milk supply and have to combo-feed. I breastfed as much as I can but there has to be formula at 50% of my baby's feeds. I currently breastfed and then just supplement as much as my baby needs but, to protect gut flora, should I offer formula first and then breastfed? Or, does it matter?



http://www.health-e-learning.com/articles/JustOneB...

2012-10-29T12:06:36.122+00:00

http://www.health-e-learning.com/articles/JustOneBottle.pdf x



Hi, Thank you so much for this blog, I was so un...

2012-10-29T11:03:42.430+00:00

Hi,

Thank you so much for this blog, I was so unsure of so many things but your blog clarified a lot of my doubts.

My son is two and half months old; I give him formula feed approximately once a week because around that time he likes to feed after every 20-30 minutes and then I have milk supply problem.

I have discussed this problem with my doctor as well and he is ok with it saying that once a while giving formula feed is fine. But in your blog you have mentioned "Just one formula supplement per day will result in an almost immediate shift in which good bacteria are no longer dominant. If breastmilk is given exclusively again, it takes two to four weeks to return to a state favouring good bacteria." Is it seriously true? Can you please share with me the source of this information?



Thank you very much for such a positive answer! :)...

2011-02-15T21:42:37.373+00:00

Thank you very much for such a positive answer! :)) I am very well aware it's a major achievement and I must say I'm very proud of it. We succeeded even though we had no support from our extended family, friends or even medical professionals - they all insisted on giving tea, supplementing with formula and feeding on schedule. We did it because we followed our instincts and great common-sense advice that we found on fantastic websites and blogs as it's yours!



The gut flora *may* not reach normal levels. But n...

2011-01-23T22:06:23.016+00:00

The gut flora *may* not reach normal levels. But nobody knows for sure. Returning to exclusive feeding has a massive positive impact in helping gut recovery. Please look at what you DID do, rather than you didn't! Which is that, despite having had a C-section and being forced to give formula, you got back to exclusive breastfeeding. This is a major achievement. The human body wants to work at optimum level so the chances are your LO's gut flora is perfectly healthy. I wouldn't give it a moment's thought from now on...



The post says: "If breastmilk substitutes are...

2011-01-23T20:21:55.407+00:00

The post says: "If breastmilk substitutes are used in the first few days, the gut flora may never reach normal levels." I had a C-section and my milk supply was not good for the first five days, so they forced me to give some formula to my son (apparently he was losing weight) mixed with breast-milk that I was able to pump because it was difficult for him to latch on. From the fifth day of his life he was exclusively breast-fed (no water, no tea, nothing apart from breast) until he was 6 months old and then we introduced solids. He is 15 months old now, still breast- fed and we are not planning to stop until he decides to. He is extremely healthy, but I'm a bit worried now. Is it really true that his gut flora has been damaged forever because of these first five days of formula feeding?



Thanks for reposting this, very interesting. I ha...

2010-11-21T14:18:46.049+00:00

Thanks for reposting this, very interesting. I have two sons born in my early 20's and two sons born in my late 30's. All were EBF, but the difference between the immunity is HUGE. My older boys got sicker and took longer to recover than my younger boys do. Coincidence? Possibly, but I believe it's because the added antibodies from every sickness I've had over the last 15 years.



Yes but we know it only takes one bottle of formul...

2010-10-11T18:10:14.879+01:00

Yes but we know it only takes one bottle of formula to destroy the protective coating?



As yu are not giving calpol or such like regulary ...

2010-10-11T16:10:57.381+01:00

As yu are not giving calpol or such like regulary say for 4 feeds out of 8 it has little impact on the gut. It's only in small quantities and not very regular wheras mixed feeding with formula milk is a regular, several ounce occurance and a constant one of that so has much more of an impact.
It would be good to note that women with HIV would much better by their child to exclusively breastfeed rather than mix feed as the human milk helps extrete the HIV from the body.



Sorry I totally meant to come back to this to say ...

2010-08-29T09:23:43.157+01:00

Sorry I totally meant to come back to this to say I am still on the case. I've asked several highly qualified people over the years, who all believed it would impact in some way (perhaps the balance of aerobic/non aerobic) but didn't have evidence. Have another IBCLC trainer trying to get more conclusive information at the moment, so I will update this as and when.

Ibuprofen has previously been linked to problems with the gut: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4144775.stm
so I struggle to believe it wont impact on a newborn if you see what I mean?

This specifically mentions mucosal injury from ibuprofen: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1433393/



gwened has a point, I think every EBF mum I know h...

2010-08-29T06:54:59.020+01:00

gwened has a point, I think every EBF mum I know has used calpol or colic remedies in the past to try to comfort their babies, if this was doing harm it would be a bit of a worry..!



Hi, I hope you don't mind me asking a questio...

2010-08-09T09:07:27.046+01:00

Hi,

I hope you don't mind me asking a question but I just wondered if the use of calpol or other meds would interfere with the stomach environment of a ebf baby. Great blog by the way!



FS it's taken me seven attempts to post that c...

2010-08-06T18:22:49.794+01:00

FS it's taken me seven attempts to post that cos I kept typing in the verification code incorrectly!

Great post by the way.



Have been meaning to post on this entry for ages b...

2010-08-06T18:22:10.802+01:00

Have been meaning to post on this entry for ages but cannot post whilst on laptop or iPhone. I blame Steve Jobs.

As you know, I mix fed my first. I struggled to get back to exclusive bf but I managed it and it was worth it. If anyone reads this and is mix feeding and wants to get back to exclusive bf it's entirely possible.