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    Default Re: Is it true that BF babies have a "weaker" gut?

    Here's the commercial that bugged me, with an interesting article - http://scienceblogs.com/deanscorner/...ience_baby.php

    And what is the magic ingredient? Probiotics of course!

    That's why I think the "weak gut" concept is just silliness. Breastmilk makes baby's guts stronger. Antibiotics make ANYONE's gut weaker.


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    I looked up that study about bacteria - here's an article.

    Love the headline: "Humans Carry More Bacterial Cells than Human Ones." Awesome. Now I need to read it. (Actually, there are TEN TIMES as many bacterial cells as human ones! )


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    Maybe and I am just guessing a breastfeed baby would have a stronger reaction to the antibiotics because they get sick so seldom they are not exposed to them very often. Antibiotics can cause these symptoms even in adults. My husband once got major diarrhea from antibiotics. Last year I had strep throat and since I am allergic to the Penicllin family they gave some strong antibiotic (Clindamyacin maybe can't remember). Any way it gave my son who was over 1 diarrhea. Then because he was sick he wanted to nurse all the time and the diarrhea got worse so I finally just stopped taking it ( which you never supposed to do). At that point his health was more important than mine and I ended up getting over it just fine. I will not use that antibiotic again there are so many they should be able to prescribe a different one that won't be so hard on her system. Weaker gut is definitely not the right word maybe more sensitive but I'd be willing to bet alot of formula fed babies would have the same reaction.
    Did this for 9months with Kailey and Hailey
    who are now 8.

    weaned Dane somewhere around 3.5 no longer he likes to sleep with his sisters He's now 5

    Now I am , , My baby Cruz who is almost 6 months and my last baby

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    Default Re: Is it true that BF babies have a "weaker" gut?

    doctors...

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    I found this fascinating. Really hit home with my babies. Something I will need to research further.
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    Well, if we are going to talk about gut bacteria...Gut Bacteria Know Secrets About Your Future

    ETA: Holy Cow Kim that article is really something. I'm not sure how I feel about it at all (as the mom of a substantial pooper and the mega loose pooper). But I will tell you this
    Other indications of poor gut function include cradle cap, eczema, skin rashes, “baby acne”, a red ring around the anus, thrush, dark circles under the eyes, difficulty organizing states, cognitive delay, difficulty sleeping, poor appetite, poor growth, “colic”, “high-needs” behaviours, congestion, reflux, refusing the breast, arching at the breast, gassiness and infection.
    and quite how many of these "indicators" DS has has me feeling very twitchy
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    I just read this this morning.
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    Sounds like the doctors opinion and not based in fact. I might ask my regular probreastfeeding doc about it at your next appointment.
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    Default Re: Is it true that BF babies have a "weaker" gut?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*durhamgrrl View Post
    Well, if we are going to talk about gut bacteria...Gut Bacteria Know Secrets About Your Future
    Other indications of poor gut function include cradle cap, eczema, skin rashes, “baby acne”, a red ring around the anus, thrush, dark circles under the eyes, difficulty organizing states, cognitive delay, difficulty sleeping, poor appetite, poor growth, “colic”, “high-needs” behaviours, congestion, reflux, refusing the breast, arching at the breast, gassiness and infection.
    ETA: Holy Cow Kim that article is really something. I'm not sure how I feel about it at all (as the mom of a substantial pooper and the mega loose pooper). But I will tell you this and quite how many of these "indicators" DS has has me feeling very twitchy

    Suddenly I feel very twitchy too...those pretty much describe ds1 too. DS2 has a few of those but not all. Maybe I shouldn't have read it...its bringing on mamma guilt. They were both c-sections and ds1 had major issues breastfeeding from the beginning. He wouldn't nurse so they gave him expressed colostrum mixed with sugar water. I could write for pages about other things that went on when he was an infant...but now is a 3.5 yo that always says his tummy hurts, always looks tired but isn't anemic, has rashes and exzema. So I guess what Im wondering is, if this is indeed the issue, how do you fix it? With probiotics? Sorry to
    Mommy to 2 little boys!
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    Default Re: Is it true that BF babies have a "weaker" gut?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*duckpond View Post
    I just read this this morning.
    Whoa. This is something that I need to investigate. I mean the bells are going off .
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