Does breastfed baby really need the rotavirus vaccine?

Heather - posted on 01/06/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )




Just wondering if anyone refused the rotavirus immunization? Being your child is breastfed and has your immunities, odds are he wouldn't get this form of severe diarrhea?! Even so i know that they took the first version of it off the market already.

I did refuse it, this time. it was my son's 4 month app. and after the fist round at 2 months, he threw that up anyway?

Hope i did the right thing?!


User - posted on 01/21/2012




If you're breastfeeding, the rotavirus vaccine doesn't work, because the immunities in breastmilk destroy the vaccine, which has prompted the CDC, in its infinite wisdom, to suggest mothers stop breastfeeding so the vaccine will work better.

Us - posted on 01/08/2009




My son is almost 19 months and the only shot he has received in hepatitis b. He has never been sick. I think shots are only necessary if you are going out of the country.

Nicole - posted on 01/23/2012




We also dO an alternative vaccine schedule. I use Dr. Sears book. You can get it on amazon really cheap. I would never give myself 5 shots do why would I do it to my brand new baby?!

Shannon - posted on 01/09/2009




We chose to get the rotovirus oral one due to having children in school around us. My daughter went without a lot of those shots since I was at home for the first 3 months, no other kids were arous and she never went into a child care center either... she stated at home with daddy when I went to work. However, with my son this time... his sister and all her little friends are here often, they are 4 to 7 years of age, and all come with some major germs. He, even though breastfed only for almost 4 months, has already gotten two really nasty colds... one that we thought was well on his way to bronchytis. Our pediatrician also recommended it since I have chronic bronchytis and there severe allergies so my immune system is almost always compromised... as far as the vitamin D drops go... we do not have to get them since my son now gets about 6 to 8oz of formula a day while I am at work since I am unable to get enough for what he eats while I am at work.

Jessica - posted on 01/08/2009




My doctor said he doesn't think this vaccine is particularly important for breastfed babies who aren't in a daycare situation. He felt my son was protected already.

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Alicia - posted on 01/09/2009




I would be careful with rotavirus. I suppose if your child is never around any other children that his exposure would be minimal. Adults can get rotavirus, they just cannot get the same strains that they've already had. All viruses work that way. If a virus is a mutating one, you can always get a strain that you haven't previously been exposed to. I have breastfed both of my children, one until he was two and the other one is still going and she'll be three soon. I also chose to get most of the vaccinations offered to me after researching them. My son is nine now and he has only needed antibiotics once in his life and my daughter has never needed them. I think a combination of breast feeding and vaccinations is a good way to go, but we all have to trust our own judgement. Maybe you should weigh the pros and cons of this particular vaccination? I have friends who have chosen not to vaccinate at all and they have a child nearly the same age as mine. Within a month of my daughter receiving her MMR, there was an outbreak of measles here. I was very glad that we chose to have that Vaccination done and I know that our friends then had to worry about keeping their child away from anyone who might have been exposed.

Nicki - posted on 01/08/2009




my doctor splits them up automatically. they also have a new one that is 3 in 1 but i can think of what it is called? what abpout those vitamin d drops for a supplement?

Heather - posted on 01/06/2009




I thought that vax was pretty new. Thats good to know though. Whats your alternate vax schedule? They kinda talked me out of splitting them up.

Thanks, and your son is a cutie as well

Mary - posted on 01/06/2009




We go tomorrow and our son won't be getting that one either. We are going to an alt. vax schedule after his reaction to the 2 months vax. I think that it will be fine, lots of babies don't get that vaccine anymore. Also, your son is a cutie and I love that bib!

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