The Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States published a abstract in 2010 that is now alarming some environmental activists around the globe. Naturalnews.com took a strong stance against the recommendations – which suggest women who are nursing should refrain from it in order for vaccinations to work more effectively in their children – stating that “ludicrous notions like these that are birthed from philosophies that view drugs and vaccines as being equal, or even superior, to natural food.”
The study assessed whether the neutralizing activity of breast milk could lower the titer of live oral retrovirus vaccinations, and took breast milk samples from mothers nursing infants aged 4-29 months old in four countries: India, Vietnam, South Korea and the United States. Breastfeeding rates globally and in the Middle East have varied over the past several years, with some advocates calling breastfeeding a fading art.
They concluded that lower effectiveness rates of these vaccinations in poor developing countries, “could be explained, in part, by higher titers of IgA and neutralizing activity in breast milk consumed by their infants at the time of immunization that could effectively reduce the potency of the vaccine.”
In other words, the mother’s breastmilk lowered the effectiveness of the live vaccinations. “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,” stated Naturalnews.com.
The CDC researchers also suggested that, “strategies to overcome this negative effect, such as delaying breast-feeding at the time of immunization, should be evaluated,” despite the widespread knowledge that breastmilk is often an infants lifeline to support, attachment and nourishment, especially for children born in developing and poorer nations.
No mention is made in the abstract about how long the mother’s should stop breastfeeding, when they should resume the practice, the difference between immediate and long term immunity, or other environmental conditions that impact health and wellbeing (such as sanitation, access to clean water, regular nutrition).
Mainstream and alternative healthcare advocates often differ on their positions about the safety of certain components in vaccines. The abstract doesn’t clarify that breastmilk naturally provides immunity advantages to nursing infants, nor point to any of the documented potentially long-term consequences of some vaccinations, a topic that is often met with disagreement, denial and opposition from those on either side of the spectrum.
[Breastmilk] naturally builds immunity during childhood development, and provides perfect and balanced nutrition necessary for human growth. Withholding breastmilk in order to accommodate the rotavirus vaccine, as the CDC researchers suggest, is an absolutely insane notion that will deprive children of vital nutrition and proper immune development.
…Oral rotavirus vaccines contain live viruses, they have questionable efficacy to begin with, and they are even known to causerotavirus. They are also linked to causing a variety of negative side effects, including diarrhea, which is a condition the vaccine is supposed to prevent!
Of related interest, Green Prophet reported on a more recent study that found mothers who are currently breastfeeding are more inclined to ‘aggressively’ protect their children when a perceived threat is nearby.
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