Over three years ago, before I had my daughter, I attended a class on the wonders of breastfeeding. One of the claims touted was the decreased incidence of ear infections. It shocked me to no end after when after my DD arrived, who was getting mostly breastmilk and maybe one or two supplement bottles a day (at the insistence of a pediatrician I have since dismissed), she developed chronic ear infections for the first two years of her life. I shook my head and blamed myself and the formula because I believed that if I had given only breastmilk, her ears would be healthy.
Fast forward to baby #2. DS has received nothing but breastmilk and is now fighting his first ear infection at 4 months. Is the breastmilk a myth? Does breastmilk only protect against ear infections if it is taken out of the breast and not from a bottle (both my children attend daycare because I am a full-time working mom)? Are my children just genetically predisposed to ear infections?
I am desperate to understand because I don't want to repeat my daughter's constant ear issues with my son. I don't want him exposed to as many antibiotics as she was. I don't want to constantly do battle with a pediatrician. If breastfeeding is the answer, what am I doing wrong?