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7 Responses to Four Ways to Supplement Breastmilk

  1. Acacia

    Amy, thank you for sharing this information. I had no idea that some of these options existed. I will be happy to pass this information on to mommies I know who need it!

  2. Dou-la-la  

    Excellent article! This is a great resource. And thank you for the link!

  3. Alicia  

    “Lactating breasts have the amazing ability to “read” baby’s saliva and produce custom antibodies to any bugs they’ve been exposed to.”
    ^I am very interested in a source for the above information. I’ve heard the claim lots of times, but have not been able to find a primary source for this information. If true, this would really be a big difference between at-breast feeding and breast milk feeding. I read the above linked article from Dr. Jack Newman, but didn’t see this actual claim. We know that “the mother synthesizes antibodies when she ingests, inhales or otherwise comes in contact with a disease-causing agent” as the linked article states, but the question at hand is whether there is additional exposure specifically through the infant’s saliva at the breast. I, myself, have been challenged by others to find a source to back up this claim when I stated it, and I was only able to find very weak evidence. If you have a good primary source for this, I would love to read it! Thanks!

    • Amy West  

      @Alicia, there’s a link in the post that goes to Kellymom, which has sources for that info (did you click through the links at the bottom, which are the sources for Newman’s article there?). It’s definitely true, and so there really is a huge difference between at-breast and breast-milk feeding.

      • Alicia  

        I am very familiar with Kellymom, but I did not find a source that supported that specific claim. The link was to an article by Dr. Jack Newman, and I quoted his claim, which is of course very well documented, but not the same as what I am looking for. I am referring specifically to the claim that mother is exposed directly from saliva at the breast, as opposed to from the general shared environment. The latter is obviously very well-documented.

      • Amy West  

        There were 4 citations at the end of Newman’s Kellymom.com post. Those weren’t enough/suitable/what you were seeking?

  4. Amy West  

    There were 4 citations at the end of Newman’s Kellymom.com post. Those weren’t enough/suitable/what you were seeking?