Childhood Diseases

Posted by: HMom | 2011-09-22


Breast milk / formula

Hi Professor, when my little girl now 2y8m old I had collostum but NO breast milk arrived on 3rd day. There was nothing anyone could do - we tried it all much to my disappointment. The nurses put her on NAN 1 immeidately and she drank bottle. She was a little more plump than the average child i think and at a 1 year we put her on NAN2 for six months and then over to cow''s milk full fat till 2. Then we went down to low fat or 2% and she enjoys that very much too - has about 400ml a day still but she is slim but not skinny and if i say so myself healthy looking. My question is do you think that if i had had breast milk she might not have been a chesty child - as soon as she gets a cold is goes to the chest in days or is that just the way she is? When they did the tests at 1.5 years when she had RSV they said her immune system was extremely good (not sure how but they took tests). Thanks

Expert's Reply



You have done your best for your little girl and she is a happy and healthy child. Many children in the first 3 years of life go through a period of having repeated viral chest infections. This is a passing phase and she will grow out of it. If she is at a creche the chances of her getting chest infections is greatly increased.Obviously breastfeeding is always best, but it would probably not be sufficient to offer prolonged protection against highly infectious respiratory viruses such as RSV.

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Posted by: Purple | 2011-09-26

Sorry to hear you had such troubles with breastfeeding. Just so that you know in case you are planning on another child, colostrum slowly changes to full milk and the milk can " come in"  any time between about day 2 and day 5, it''s not true that it has to happen on day 3.

I breastfed and my son had chest infections at that age too. Breastfeeding lowers the risk of these types of illnesses, but doesn''t take away that risk completely.

It''s great that your child got colostrum, well done for trying and remember that any breastmilk (especially the colostrum) that your child got is beneficial.

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