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    Question Exclusively breastfeeding means??

    no formula right?

    because I had a "friend" tell me that if I let the doc put my LO on zantac for his reflux it will take away from the "exclusive" part, therefore impacting the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding.

    and if that IS the case, what about gripe water? vitamin D? and acetaminophen for goodness sakes?

    I wanted to tell her she was full of "fluff" but then I thought that there is a small chance she was right so I kept my mouth shut

    any thoughts?
    ~Jenn~


    mother of 2 boys!
    08/14/98~~03/20/08

    Birth: 7lbs 12oz, 1 year: 22lbs 11oz
    until he self-weaned 4 days before his third birthday ... still on occasion ... and happily

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    Default Re: Exclusively breastfeeding means??

    Exclusively bf means no formula, but in my mind there is room for previous supplementing and now exclusively breast fed ect. Don't buy into the thought that by offering medicine you are compromising the title of your breastfeeding relationship. Not only is it difficult to really understand why it would matter, it sort of belittles the hard and enthusiastic work of a diligent mother. It is about so much more than that! You're doing great!

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    Default Re: Exclusively breastfeeding means??

    Crap like that makes people think negatively of bf. Think BF Nazis!

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    Default Re: Exclusively breastfeeding means??

    I always defined exclusive as no formula/solids. I guess to me exclusive means when baby gets all his nutrition from breast milk.
    Sam my little man since 1/9/08

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    Default Re: Exclusively breastfeeding means??

    She is definitely full of something. EBF (in my mind) mean no supplementing with formula, sugar water, solid food.

    I would consider medicines and vitamins to be excluded from that designation.

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    Default Re: Exclusively breastfeeding means??

    Exactly.. medicines don't count!

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    Default Re: Exclusively breastfeeding means??

    Quote Originally Posted by sch.mommy View Post
    no formula right?
    Here is the WHO definiton of exclusive breastfeeding:
    (1) "Exclusive breastfeeding" is defined as no other food or drink, not even water, except breast milk for at least 4 and if possible 6 months of life, but allows the infant to receive drops and syrups (vitamins, minerals and medicines). "Predominant breastfeeding" means that the infant's predominant source of nourishment has been breast milk. However, the infant may also have received water and water-based drinks (sweetened and flavoured water, teas, infusions, etc), fruit juice, or ORS solution.
    http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/.../en/index.html
    Here is a link regarding the definitions of various degrees of breastfeeding. Note that this resource discusses the medical definitions of breastfeeding, mainly for the purpose of research studies. In order for breastfeeding research to be valid, there had to be agreed upon definitions so that one researcher wouldn't call "exclusive breastfeeding" something entirely different from another researcher. Please read the linked article to see how the definitions were decided upon and by whom.
    http://www.llli.org/ba/Feb00.html

    HTH!

    Quote Originally Posted by carpentergirl
    Don't buy into the thought that by offering medicine you are compromising the title of your breastfeeding relationship. Not only is it difficult to really understand why it would matter, it sort of belittles the hard and enthusiastic work of a diligent mother. It is about so much more than that! You're doing great!

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