When my son was recovering from open heart surgery as an infant, another child came down with rotavirus in the NICU. The nurses wanted us to trade places with this child and swore a “hard clean” would take care of killing the virus. I refused to move.
My son had not been vaccinated for rotavirus, as it is not required and we were on a modified vaccine schedule, and it is transmitted through fecal matter. That’s right, fecal matter. He wasn’t going to get rotavirus at home. Considering the nurses changed all the baby’s diapers (the family was not present), there was only one way that child got rotavirus.
I loved our nurses, don’t get me wrong, but hospitals are full of germs and viruses. Another common place rotavirus is spread is in daycare.
Appropriate sanitation practices, like hand washing, can prevent rotavirus; however, instead of focusing on these simple measures, the CDC is now recommending mothers temporarily stop breastfeeding to ensure the rotavirus vaccine is effective.
Natural News reports:
Ten researchers from the CDC’s National Centers for Immunization and Respiratory Disease (NCIRD) released the ridiculous paper, entitled Inhibitory effect of breast milk on infectivity of live oral rotavirus vaccines, which claims the immune-boosting effects of breastmilk are a detriment to the efficacy of vaccines. The paper goes on to say that, rather than remove vaccines so that breastmilk can do its job, women should instead remove the breastmilk to allow vaccines to do their job.
The CDC researchers began their investigation by searching for answers as to why children from underdeveloped countries typically do not respond as well to the live oral rotavirus vaccine as children in developed countries typically do. They came to the conclusion that breastmilk, which is packed with immune-building immunoglobulin A (IgA), lactoferrin, lysozyme, and various other important immune factors, inhibits the vaccine from working.
Rotavirus can be life threatening to infants, as it causes sever diarrhea. MedicineNet explains:
Rotavirus is a virus that infects the bowels. It is the most common cause of severe diarrhea among infants and children throughout the world and causes the death of about 600,000 children worldwide annually. The name rotavirus comes from the characteristic wheel-like appearance of the virus when viewed by electron microscopy (the name rotavirus is derived from the Latin rota, meaning “wheel”).
Almost all children have become infected with rotavirus by their third birthday.
Many other studies have shown the effectiveness of breastfeeding against rotavirus. A study published in the peer-reviewed Pediatrics found:
Compared with other feeding modes, exclusive breast-feeding of infants was associated with significant protection against severe rotavirus diarrhea (relative risk (RR) = 0.10; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.03,0.34). However, during the second year of life, the risk of this outcome was higher in breast-fed than in non-breast-fed children (RR = 2.85; 95% CI = 0.37,21.71), and no overall protection was associated with breast-feeding during the first 2 years of life (RR = 2.61; 95% CI = 0.62,11.02).
Conclusions. Although exclusive breast-feeding appeared to protect infants against severe rotavirus diarrhea, breast-feeding per se conferred no overall protection during the first 2 years of life, suggesting that breast-feeding temporarily postponed rather than prevented this outcome.
Postponed may not be prevention, but at least children are older when they contract the inevitable rotavirus and thus the risk of death is limited.
Peaceful Parenting shared a study done in Mexico and Brazil comparing rotavirus vaccine and breastfeeding:
“Rotavirus vaccine cuts deaths of Mexican babies from diarrhoea by 40%,” states a January, 2010, British Medical Journal headline summarizing two studies.(1) Yet, a study of Brazilian children finds that exclusive breastfeeding cuts diarrhea cases in this similarly developing nation by a whopping 90% (1 / 9.41), versus a diet of formula and/or other foods.(2)
Dr. Steele answered the question on iVillage “Can breastfeeding help prevent the rotavirus infection?”:
You are absolutely correct that breastfeeding not only decreases the chances of the baby getting the rotavirus infection, but it also decreases the risk of severe diarrhea should the child get rotavirus. However, just as medications are not always 100 percent effective and immunizations do not always give complete immunity, breastfeeding does not ward off all disease.
The effect that breastfeeding has on decreasing the rotavirus infection only lasts for as long as the child is breasfeeding. This may seem like an obvious point, but many people think that as long as the child was breastfed, the protection against rotavirus infection will last. As it turns out, there does not seem to be any long-lasting effect from breastfeeding against the severe diarrhea from rotavirus.
Does my child need the rotavirus vaccine?
Yes! Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe acute gastroenteritis (vomiting and severe diarrhea) among children worldwide. Two different rotavirus vaccines are currently licensed for use in infants in the United States.
Some studies have shown a small increase in cases of intussusception within a week after the first dose of rotavirus vaccine. Intussusception is a type of bowel blockage that is treated in a hospital. In some cases surgery might be required. The estimated risk is 1 intussusception case per 100,000 infants.
Instead of recommending infants avoid crowded day care situations and increased sanitation (which the CDC says has not reduced cases in the US), as well as breastfeeding, they are once again influenced by Big Pharma. Age of Autism reports:
You just can’t talk about the Rotavirus vaccine without also talking about Paul Offit, the vaccine industry’s most well-paid spokesperson. The man who made tens of millions of dollars from a Rotavirus vaccine patent and who believes a baby could tolerate 100,000 vaccines simultaneously. The man who the media cannot get enough of (or is he simply the last doctor willing to publicly defend vaccines?) when it comes to discussing vaccine “safety”. The man who wrote a book, Autism’s False Profits, that is filled with lies, misstatements, and false reassurances for unwitting parents…
Because we all know how sleazy the Rotavirus’ admission to the CDC schedule is, I will just summarize:
- Paul Offit, vaccine patent holder for Rotavirus for Merck, was appointed to the Advisory Committee of Immunizations Practices (“ACIP”), God knows why
- He voted to add the Rotavirus vaccine to the schedule (it wasn’t Merck’s, because his vaccine wasn’t ready for market yet)
- That Rotavirus vaccine damaged a bunch of kids and was pulled from the market, but Offit abstained from recommending its removal
- A couple years later, rotavirus got added back to the schedule, with Offit’s vaccine leading the way
- Offit made tens of millions of dollars from the sale of the Rotavirus patent he held to Merck.
Breastfeeding far outdates the rotavirus vaccines in safety and effectiveness, and there is no profit in it for Big Pharma. Breast is best. I don’t care what the CDC and Big Pharma says!