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    BTW, about the hand sanitiser – yes, we have become far too germphobic as a culture and yes babies need to be exposed to pathogens to build up their immune systems; But that can wait until after the baby is a month old and its immune system has kicked in. A newborn can’t fight off bacterial infection the way a one or two month old can, and breastfeeding only contributes so much to their immunity. So just grin and bear it for the 4-6 weeks you have to wash your hands for. After that, it’s not really as critical as you think, but I wouldn’t let them go eating mud from a sheep farm just yet either…

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