Readers of ERV know the basics of how breast feeding affects the immune system of breast-feeding babbies:
Fetuses (fetii?) and babbies are protected from pathogens, even though their own immune systems have not matured yet. How do they manage this feat? They steal antibodies from Mommy!
Remember yesterday I said the same antibody can have lots of different butt-ends? The same ‘business end’ that recognizes tetanus toxin or a variant of influenza, but different back-ends– each different butt has a different skill set.
… Newborn Babbies steal Moms antibodies a different way! IgM and IgA antibodies have a superpower that lets them be secreted– in tears, in saliva, in mucus, and in breast milk! As long as Babby is breastfeeding, it gets all of Mommys secreted antibodies! Yay!
So, if Mom has been properly vaccinated, she has antibodies to measles, mumps, chicken pox, etc etc etc, and those are transmitted to Babby and protect it, if Babby is directly exposed to a pathogen. If Mom is exposed, her antibodies probably keep the pathogen from replicating/establishing infection at all, so Fetus and Babby are safe if their contact is indirect too.
Idiot, arrogant anti-vaxers, however, are not enslaved by reality, like you and I:
They came to the conclusion that breastmilk, which is packed with immune-building immunoglobulin A (IgA), lactoferrin, lysozyme, and various other important immune factors, inhibits the vaccine from working.
IgA is not ‘immune building’. IgA from Mommy via breast milk to Babby is passive immunity. Its there for a while, but then it goes away.
And it actually turns out, Mommy–>Babby IgA might be the polar opposite of ‘immune building’: immune retarding:
Again, readers of ERV will totally get this paper and what they were investigating.
Rotavirus infection causes severe diarrhea, thus severe dehydration in kids. In richer countries, those kids have access to hospitals and such where they get IV fluids and are (usually) fine. In lower income countries, those kids die, to a tune of over half a million a year.
The good news is we have vaccines for rotavirus infection!
The bad news is, it doesnt seem to be working as well in the lower income countries that *need* it to work the most. What the heck is going on? Why would a vaccine work almost perfectly in the US, and lose almost half its efficacy in Nicaragua? No sense.
Well, there is something else we have access to in ‘rich’ countries: Formula.
It seems that moms in low income countries breastfeed their babbies more and longer.
Do you see where this is going?
Babby gets the live attenuated rotavirus vaccine. Babby eats lunch from Mom. Moms anti-rotavirus IgA antibodies neutralize the rotavirus vaccine. Babby never makes its own antibodies to rotavirus, or doesnt make very good antibodies in response to the vaccine. Babby might not be protected from rotavirus when it stops breastfeeding.
The folks in this paper determined:
In conclusion, our findings indicate that the neutralizing activity of breast milk could be one of the many factors that might explain the lower observed immunogenicity and effectiveness of live oral rotavirus vaccines among children in developing countries. These data should encourage clinical trials to investigate whether delaying breast-feeding for a short period before and after giving the vaccine could reasonably improve the immune response and protective efficacy.
Its worth investigating whether giving Babby formula a little before/after the rotavirus vaccine will help protect Babby better. Maybe we can help save some more kids. YAY!
The paper goes on to say that, rather than remove vaccines so that breastmilk can do its job, women should instead remove the breastmilk to allow vaccines to do their job.
… Withholding breastmilk in order to accommodate the rotavirus vaccine, as the CDC researchers suggest, is an absolutely insane notion that will deprive children of vital nutrition and proper immune development.
… But it is ludicrous notions like these that are birthed from philosophies that view drugs and vaccines as being equal, or even superior, to natural food.
… This is how vaccine dogma works, though. The religion of vaccines does not have to offer any solid proof that a vaccine works, or that it is even safe. A vaccine can even cause the very thing it is touted as preventing, and vaccine apologists will say that it works and that it is necessary. And now in this case, these same psychopaths are suggesting that young babies be starved of real nutrition in order to improve the effectiveness of a vaccine.
Go ahead and enjoy that entire piece. Its almost funny its so stupid. But then you realize that what that asshole is saying can kill kids. And then you realize hes just some jackass bitching on the internet. He has no influence in Nicaragua or India. All he can do is write posts filled with indignant righteousness, hyperbolic vilification of his ‘enemies’, and such extreme idiocy Im assuming he wears velcro shoes, as there is no way someone who writes an article like that can handle shoelaces without harming himself and those around him. He is impotent.
In real life, there are real people doing real jobs actually working to make the world a better place.
And that pisses impotent idiots like Ethan A. Huff off, so he runs to the internet to BAAAAAAAAAAW to his equally impotent and equally idiotic comrades and they all pat themselves on the back and give each other blow-jobs because theyre all so smart and theyre the only ones who really care, you see (see comments).
Wow… If this doesn’t tell you how obviously brainwashing agencies like the CDC, FDA, and pharmaceutical companies can be… I don’t know what will?
Poor creatures if we parents dont stand up for our rigths and the rigths of our children no one will.
Too many people are so clueless because they’ve been busy watching Charlie Sheen implode or The Bachelor.
when we were kids people used to have their kids get infected quickly to gain permanent immunity as soon as possible such as measles parties. that was scientifically smart and devoid of all the scary side effects of todays ridiculous vaccines that burn out the immune systemm and overload it.
bottom line they don’t give a crap about us at all, all they care about is pushing their poisons.
Refreshing to see so many people here with common sense.
Kids in India are ‘poor creatures’. Nice. Jackasses.
But hey, thanks Ethan, for providing me with this teachable moment.