Re: The Truth About Breastmilk and Ear Infections
Some babies are just extra prone to ear infections. Probably for anatomical reasons, as the PP mentioned. Maybe your child's Eustachian tubes are a little straighter and/or narrower than average. Or maybe your child is just a little more susceptible than average to the bacteria that cause ear infections- that's all it would take to make him or her more prone to ear infections.
Originally Posted by @llli*bfwmomof3
Social factors also weigh in here- babies with older siblings and babies who go to daycare are more likely to get ear infections because they are exposed to more germs. This doesn't mean you should deny your child an older sibling or keep him out of daycare, though!
Breastfeeding does have a protective effect against ear infections, but the protection is to some extent a statistics game. On average, breastfed babies have fewer ear infections than formula-fed babies. But that average encompasses a very broad range of variation, and includes plenty of breastfed babies who come down with lots of ear infections and also plenty of formula-fed babies who never get ear infections.
Please don't blame yourself, mama. You have done everything right.
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