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Did you know breastfeeding is for poor people? :O

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ARGHH!! I am so annoyed and need to vent! A little background first... I have 4 kids, all breastfed. The older is 13, the youngest is 6 months. I am a working mom, divorced, with a rewarding job. We have a beautiful house in an upper-middle class gated community. My boys go to a very good private school and I have begun college funds for all of them... They have good clothes and expensive toys. We go to Disney World every year and vacation locally at least twice a year... soooooo why are people still judging me because I have 4 kids?

This morning a coworker saw my breast pump and asked me if I was "still" breastfeeding, I said yes, and then another girl came in and said: "of course she has to breastfeed, she has 4 kids!" I got so mad I don't even remember my exact words but asked her what did she mean by "I have to breastfeed" and she proceeded to explain that since formula is so expensive and I have so many kids, people assume I breastfeed because I can't afford formula...

Many, many nasty things to say crossed my mind, but since she is my supervisor... I decided to be politically correct and educate this BITCH on the benefits of breast milk over formula. People are so uneducated and make assumptions without gathering the facts. We live in a so-called highly developed country, yet people have forgotten the basics, human babies need human milk! Breasts are so over sexualized, many don't even remember the purpose they were made for. We are mammals, we produce milk to feed our young, that's it!

So, my conclusion is... I am proud to be the poor mother of a tribe of beautifully healthy breastfed babies.

by on Feb. 7, 2014 at 6:44 AM
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....ClvrScn.
by New Member on Feb. 7, 2014 at 3:30 PM
People ask me ask the time if I'm done having kids. Dude, I only have 2. Stop acting like I've got a while class full. Now I am done, but that's besides the point. It's rude to think your opinion of my reproduction matters.



Quoting MinaPR:

 I agree. But I guess their problem with me also has to do with the number of children I've got. Apparently they are more worried about my finances than I am. LOL! Maybe I can't afford many designer bags like them or to go out for dinner at an expensive restaurant twice a week like them, but when I get home every day there's a very welcomed chaos waiting for me, toys, drool, crying, hugs and wet kisses... I would not change that for all the money in the world! Breast feeding is not for the rich or poor, it is for those moms who know what's best for the kids!


Quoting ....ClvrScn.:

I'm back to respond. LOL Sorry, I was tied up at work.


I always felt that breastfeeding was something more wealthy moms did.


My reasons were this


Formula is expensive, but poorer mothers get it for free through WIC.More wealthy moms have to pay for it and who wants to spend that type of money


Wealthier moms tend to have the money and resources for good lacatation specialists, instead of the WIC provided specialist


Wealthier moms may have the oppritunity to stay home. I know my biggest hurdle was going back to work.Working and breastfeeding is very hard.


Wealthier moms MAY have more education about the subject, than poorer mothers.


 


 

hip2it
by Bronze Member on Feb. 7, 2014 at 3:31 PM
Same here. If I was ff I wouldn't have an issue with the price I just don't see the point in buying something when I make something better for free.

Quoting okiemamaof3: I breastfeed not because im poor but because I refuse to spend money on formula!
brookerenee45
by on Feb. 7, 2014 at 10:55 PM
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I am a mother of 7! I've breastfed all my children even still do with my last one. I do it because its so much healthier. They get so much more out of it than formula. I never had anyone judge me in my face about breastfeeding. I can afford formula but I CHOOSE not to! I don't get the people in this world so quik to judge and throw their stones at others before educating their selves. Asking questions to learn more! I'm sorry hun you had to deal with that. You did a pretty good job controlling yourself as well...
aehanrahan
by Group Mod - Amy on Feb. 8, 2014 at 1:25 AM
No... I HAD to breastfeed because I am a MAMMAL and make milk for my babies! That's how babies are SUPPOSED to be fed!!!
Merrick17
by Corrine on Feb. 8, 2014 at 1:34 AM
Exactly :) I find bfing harder than ffing. It's actually the hardest thing I've done in my life, especially after being back to work. I will not give up though. She deserves the best I can give, and right now, breast milk is it. I pump 6x a day and feed on demand the rest. The last sleep I remember getting worth a damn was after my epidural cause back labor almost did me in. People are just ignorant of what's really involved, and I won't even go into all my worries that torment me day and night. Is she getting enough? Am I setting her up to be spoiled? Etc. I never thought I would long to be a SAHM, but now I wish it was a possibility for me. I know it's not easy either, I would prefer it at this point in her life.

Quoting MinaPR:

 I agree. But I guess their problem with me also has to do with the number of children I've got. Apparently they are more worried about my finances than I am. LOL! Maybe I can't afford many designer bags like them or to go out for dinner at an expensive restaurant twice a week like them, but when I get home every day there's a very welcomed chaos waiting for me, toys, drool, crying, hugs and wet kisses... I would not change that for all the money in the world! Breast feeding is not for the rich or poor, it is for those moms who know what's best for the kids!


Quoting ....ClvrScn.:

I'm back to respond. LOL Sorry, I was tied up at work.


I always felt that breastfeeding was something more wealthy moms did.


My reasons were this


Formula is expensive, but poorer mothers get it for free through WIC.More wealthy moms have to pay for it and who wants to spend that type of money


Wealthier moms tend to have the money and resources for good lacatation specialists, instead of the WIC provided specialist


Wealthier moms may have the oppritunity to stay home. I know my biggest hurdle was going back to work.Working and breastfeeding is very hard.


Wealthier moms MAY have more education about the subject, than poorer mothers.


 


 

Verolo7147
by Member on Feb. 8, 2014 at 9:28 AM
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I breasfeed because i love my baby so much that i dont want him to eat something artificial when i am more than capable to produce his milk.
Yes! I migh not be able to seat with coworkers and chat all lunch hour,
Yes! I migh not be too social this how A days, BUT I'm smart enough to give the best precious gift to my son that Money can't buy!!!!

AND I AM NOT POOR!
aimkins18
by New Member on Feb. 8, 2014 at 9:52 AM
Thank god I was surrounded by people who understood that breast was best and I proudly nursed my son for 23 amazing months until he chose to wean. I've only had to educate a few assholes. My area is pretty breast friendly, at least it was for me. Sorry you dealt with such ignorance mama.
gabenmikeysmom
by Member on Feb. 8, 2014 at 9:54 AM
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Poor woman. She was obviously formula fed and didn't form enough brain cells to know the benefits of breastfeeding.
Precious333
by Group Mod-Julia on Feb. 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM
Maybe its the friends I hang out with, but many of them can afford formula but are passionatelt breastfeeding. Many moms that dont tend to be on wic and formula.
Karmahappens
by Member on Feb. 8, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Actually breastfeeding is corelated with both education and income-positively correlated.

The more education you have, and the greater your family income, the more likely you are to breastfeed (among White Woman)

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