Sunday, August 21, 2011

Babytalk says Flu Vaccine Ingredients Pass through Human Milk

In the September 2011 issue of Babytalk (a print magazine owned by The Parenting Group) there is a small but alarming passage on page 54 about flu vaccinations. It starts off fairly reasonable by quoting the CDC on advising mothers to get the flu shot earlier in the season to avoid illness from doctors’ offices. That makes sense if you choose to vaccinate.

But then the magazine reaches a new level of authority altogether when it bypasses medical research and the vaccine manufacturers to assert, “Since babies younger than 6 months aren’t yet old enough for the vaccine, nursing moms can pass the active ingredients through breast milk, while immunized care-givers reduce the infant’s exposure to the flu.” ~Emily Kruckemyer

Oracles, more powerful than any facts or studies, still exist apparently.

That’s a bit like wanting the best of both worlds. First is the assertion that the “active ingredients” are passed through mom’s milk. That is a confusing statement in and of itself. What are the active ingredients? Why plural? Is she referring to passing the flu through the milk, and if so, wouldn’t that mean deliberately exposing infants under 6 months to the flu virus? Is she referring to active ingredients as the “active” aspect of inactivated vaccines, namely, heavy metals used as adjuvants? Some of the adult flu vaccines contain Thimerosal in huge amounts (24.5mcg-26mcg). How would this be a benefit to a baby under 6 months?

Secondly, how come the mother can pass these active ingredients to the child, something we are to assume is beneficial, but then we are told other caregivers will not pass anything to the child? Even live-attenuated vaccines can potentially cause illness in the vaccinated individual, or that vaccinated individual can shed the virus and transmit it to others. With the flu, that means through sneezing, coughing and other saliva contact. You can’t have it both ways!


Unless you own one of these purdy animals, then you can have it any way you want!

What do the actual vaccine companies have to say about breastfeeding women? Seeing as they are the ones who make the vaccines, maybe we should read what they have to say! 

Every pamphlet has a small section in the beginning:
“Safety and effectiveness of XYZ have not been established in 
pregnant women, nursing mothers, or children. (8.1, 8.3, 8.4)”

Then you can see the same disclaimer for every company and every brand of flu vaccine:

http://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_fluarix.pdf
8.3 Nursing Mothers
It is not known whether FLUARIX is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are
excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when FLUARIX is administered to a nursing woman

http://www.novartisvaccines.com/downloads/diseases-products/Fluvirin_PI_2010_2011.pdf
8.3 Nursing Mothers
It is not known whether FLUVIRIN® is excreted in human milk.  Because many
drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when FLUVIRIN®
 is administered to a nursing woman

https://www.vaccineshoppe.com/image.cfm?pi=flu&image_type=product_pdf
8.3. Nursing Mothers
It is not known whether Fluzone or Fluzone Intradermal is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be
exercised when Fluzone or Fluzone Intradermal is administered to a nursing woman

http://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_flulaval.pdf
8.3 Nursing Mothers
 It is not known whether FLULAVAL is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when FLULAVAL is administered to a nursing woman.

http://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_fluarix.pdf
8.3 Nursing Mothers
It is not known whether FLUARIX is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are
excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when FLUARIX is administered to a nursing woman.

It is true that other organizations have their opinion on whether or not it is safe for a breastfeeding woman to vaccinate while nursing. Kellymom, for example, has compiled small bits of information from other writers or organizations on the topic, concluding that despite the unknown status, viral particles probably do not mass into the mother’s milk and/or pose a danger. The CDC has a similar stance, but provides more detail.

These are opinions and some people might feel confident enough in their belief of vaccine theory/safety to share them with others and to vaccinate while nursing. My primary goal is to point out what the vaccine manufacturers say due to there being NO scientific studies on this topic. You can believe what you want, or have any opinion you want. I have linked Kellymom and CDC on this topic to give you a rounded perspective. But I am urging you to be wary of anyone who is presenting opinions as established, medical fact. KNOW your facts to make an informed decision.

Milk, now with active flu vaccine ingredients? NOM NOM NOM I'll eat my toes instead!

4 comments:

  1. I suspect they are mistaken in their terminology and are simply referring to the passage of antibodies from mother to child through breast milk. Not unforgivable; most editors have degrees that did not include much study of biology. This is the end goal of vaccination, not the presence of the "active ingredient" itself in the blood, but rather exposure to infectious agents made "safe" (laughable now with all the crap they add) to develop immunity that is evidenced by antibodies measurable in the blood.
    Antibodies do pass from mom to baby in the breast milk, another reason why breast is best; it is one of the types of passive immunity that helps to protect babies from infections while their immune systems are immature.
    HOWEVER, having antibodies in the blood after vaccination does not guarantee immunity has been achieved (more than just antibody immunity/B cells that need to be trained for full immunity) and the antibodies from vaccination are to artificial lab particles, not real viruses, so how beneficial these antibodies would actually be when passed to baby is as debatable as how beneficial the vaccination itself was to mom herself.

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  2. Soooooo using this argument when they try to bully me into a flu shot at work this year. I'm nursing, and safety and effectiveness have not been proven in nursing mothers. Booyah.

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  3. 24.5 mcg of thimerosal is not a huge amount. That is micrograms.

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    1. I can't tell if that's sarcasm or not, so I published it. Those curious about Thimerosal can learn more here:

      http://guggiedaly.blogspot.com/2010/07/get-record-straight-on-thimerosal.html

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