Is this true? specialist told me I have to stop

by Reina
(Rialto, ca)

I have a newborn and a 24 month old.

My newborn was in NICU since birth and is on a feeding tube, but I've just been given permission to let him try to nurse.

I've been pumping for him and nursing my now 24 month old... Now, one of the specialist told me I have to stop because I'm contaminating my newborns milk... Is this true?

I stopped nursing my 24 month old immediately and I couldn't have picked a worst time, he got so sick and so I started nursing again.

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May 13, 2014
need more info
by: Tracy

Hi Reina

Could you be a little more specific about what your specialist said? He told you to stop pumping breast milk or to stop breastfeeding? And why? I don't understand why he/she would say that you are contaminating the milk??

Are you exclusively breastfeeding?

May 14, 2014
More info
by: Reina

My son who is 2 months now is being fed through a g tube that is placed in his stomach due to him being born with a birth defect called tef/ea, his esphogus wasn't completely developed so they had to make it complete by surgical procedures so he was in NICU for 33 days.

I am exclusively pumping for him while at the same time my 23 (at the time, now 24) month old wanted to still nurse (for comfort or at night) my 2 month old was just given the ok to start trying to eat by mouth being the repairs that were done were all normal and or ok and they don't want him to not desire the bottle or breast so I started nursing him directly from the breast right away...

We went to the specialist and I did inform him I was still nursing my 24 month old maybe 1-2 times a day and how it was a blessing in disguise being my son needed a large supply being he was in NICU and he helped my milk supply stay up... he then said I needed to stop feeding my 24 month old because I'm contaminating my 2 month old milk...

He said they have 2 different germs and that it's like drinking from someone else cup.

I do understand my 2 month old has to be careful of getting sick being that can lead to hospitalization, but I thought that was a bit extreme.

Yes, I'm exclusively nursing and still pumping...

May 14, 2014
my advice
by: Tracy

Hi again!

I can't believe some people can be so ignorant, and this coming from a specialist!?

You do not need to stop breastfeeding your older child, you can continue to feed both of them at the same time!!!

Breast milk will protect both your children from illness and will boost their immunity towards any germs. Breast milk will also help protect the gut lining from any bacteria or germs from entering.

Breast milk is antibacterial, so it washes away and kills all bacteria.

The following articles should put your mind to ease...

Here is a page on gut protection through breast milk.

The immune properties of breast milk.

The composition of breast milk.

Also, all the benefits of breastfeeding.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions. ;-) I would advise that you see a "breastfeeding friendly" specialist, who has some experience and training in the field of breastfeeding if possible.

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