Calling Breastfeeding Natural Can’t Possibly Decrease Vaccination Rates

Recently there are claims in the medical world that calling breastfeeding “natural” may deter parents from getting their children vaccinated.  This really irritated me. If you read my posts you know that I am pro-breastfeeding and pro-vaccines. But do we really need to blame the language of the breastfeeding movement for anti-vaxxers? Don’t they get slammed enough?
I think breastfeeding is hard. Getting in sync with your baby, figuring all the nuisances, and living through the sleep deprivation is challenging. It can be painful. It is natural for some, but not for others.

Vaccines are simply a man-made way to help humans survive deadly illnesses and diseases. The formulation is studied over and over again to make sure they help protect. The truth of it is that they may or may not be natural.
Vaccinating our children is a choice. Most of us are lucky enough to live in a place that we have excellent medical care. We are given vaccines to keep us healthy. The herd helps those who cannot receive them for medical reasons.
Choosing NOT to vaccinate (for most people) is a choice. In my opinion, an uninformed, selfish choice. Do I risk upsetting others with my statement-absolutely. But sometimes difficult statements need to be made.
My take home message-be informed. Trust medical professionals who undergo years of training and continued re-certification to help care for us all. They give vaccines to their loved ones. They know more than random articles you might find while surfing the net. Have respect for those in your community who cannot be vaccinated.
More importantly-can we please stop blaming the breastfeeding community?!?  Why on earth would using the word “natural” as part of promoting breastfeeding cause others to choose not to vaccinate.  Is there really a connection?
Read the article “Does it hurt to call breastfeeding “natural”?” On to see what got me all riled up:

Peanut Allergies and Kids

Just yesterday someone asked me if it was safe to give nut products to a child under the age of 1.  The latest research is changing almost everything we say about introducing foods to children with regards to allergies.  I must admit, changing my advice still feels a little funny.

In other countries, children are given a wide variety of foods complete with spices and other bold flavors in infancy.  They offer yogurt before six months of age, spicy foods, and eggs.  And the kids turn out well.  Imagine that!

In the US, we have continued to watch the numbers of children with nut allergies, etc. rise.  That is the reason the research listed in this piece is so important.  We need to learn how to change course if prevention is possible.

So stay tuned to see how things evolve in the Peanut Allergy research.  In the meantime, consult your child’s pediatrician if you have questions.

Read this piece to understand the latest Peanut Allergy research.