This is my soapbox version: I BELIEVE WOMEN SHOULD STRICTLY BREASTFEED THEIR CHILDREN! Physically, our bodies were made to feed our offspring. It's filled with antibodies that are necessary for good health and fighting off colds and the flu. Women BOND with their children while holding them so close to their bodies. No bottles, no formula, no mess! What could be more perfect than BREASTFEEDING?
When I see women buying bottles and canned formula, it irritates me! My sons are almost all grown up now (22, 19, and 9) but they've hardly EVER been sick! They're healthy, not fat, not skinny, and hardly ever get colds or the flu. Why can't people see the LOGIC in breastfeeding only.
Yes, I know I'll get a few people saying that "maybe they can't produce milk". I understand that, but sales of the fake stuff is too high for just that scenario.
FYI: I breastfed each son for 2 1/2 YEARS, not months. Yes, I did introduce formula later on but they were already drinking juice and water from cups.
Unless you get into the issue in a professional capacity, you'll just have to settle for mostly minding your own business. I agree that breast is best, but since I am not a lactation consultant, nurse, pediatrician, etc, that's about the extent to which I can share my thoughts on the subject.
If you're passionate, you can always join breastfeeding help groups and forums online to try to offer your experience and support for moms who may need help and encouragement to continue. That would at least be channeling your opinions in a positive direction as opposed to lecturing someone who has already made the decision to formula feed. Maybe some of these groups could use your info and help:
Answer by vicesix at 7:51 AM on Apr. 6, 2011
Answer by laird6372 at 5:52 AM on Apr. 6, 2011
Answer by Syphon at 7:09 AM on Apr. 6, 2011
To answer your question from a non breastfeeding mom, understand that , that's the glory about life, you have options! I worked a lot, and I didn't feel comfortable breastfeeding so that's the rout I took and it worked for me! My kids weren't sick very ofter, they're healthy today. I see the logic in breastfeeding, but I also see it in buying canned formula. To each his own!
Answer by anichols1 at 6:02 AM on Apr. 6, 2011
You learn to keep your nose in your own business. It's not up to you to decide how we feed our children and if you don't like to see the formula in people's carts, well, don't look. Again, it's none of your business. It's great that you are such a fan of BF, but everyone gets to make their own choices in life. It was people of the BF brigade who made me feel like less of a mom (my MIL is one of you people) when I could not BF my own children. I can tell you without a doubt that FF moms really don't care to hear how great people think BF is, they have made their choice for their own reasons.
Answer by scout_mom at 9:43 AM on Apr. 6, 2011
Answer by ldmrmom at 11:33 AM on Apr. 6, 2011
glad you were happy breast feeding so was my sister. i was not and an unhappy mom makes for a nervous baby. I am hyperactive and could not sit still long enough to properly breast feed so i chose a bottle instead. both girls are happy healthy adults so I refuse to apologise for not wanting to breast feed,
My strong opinion is that if a mom does not want to breast feed she should be allowed the option of using formula with out being made to feel like a bad mom.
Answer by mamak57 at 7:11 AM on Apr. 6, 2011
Answer by TiffanieK at 7:14 AM on Apr. 6, 2011
Answer by NotPanicking at 6:47 PM on Apr. 6, 2011
Answer by justanotherjen at 8:12 PM on Apr. 6, 2011
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