"When we trust the makers of baby formula more than we do our own ability to nourish our babies, we lose a chance to claim an aspect of our power as women. Thinking that baby formula is as good as breast milk is believing that thirty years of technology is superior to three million years of nature's evolution. Countless women have regained trust in their bodies through nursing their children, even if they weren't sure at first that they could do it. It is an act of female power, and I think of it as feminism in its purest form."
----- Christine Northrup M.D.

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RFW
Jun. 12, 2008 at 8:24 AM wonderful quote....I've never seen it before....it is great!

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milkM...
Jun. 12, 2008 at 9:59 AM

Wonderful quote! It is so true, Its a shame people cant seem to look at it objectively, and see how accurate it is.

 

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piggy...
Jun. 12, 2008 at 12:49 PM

It's awesome, I can't believe I haven't read it before!

Thanks for sharing!

My good friend FF her daughter; when she had her via C-section almost 6 years ago, I was lucky to be there in the hospital with her for 3 days; I tried to help her breastfeed but here's why she "couldn't".....

My friend had very small breasts, less than "a" cup.....but there's more.

My friend has muscular dystrophy and was physically unable to hold her baby; her arms just couldn't reach, and if they could, she doesn't have the strength to hold her own baby because of her disability.  

So if she were to successfully bf, she would have either had to have someone with her and her baby 24/7 (single mom, no hubby to help her) to physically hold her baby to her breast.....or, she would have had to have someone there to pump her breasts for her, because she literally could not do it by herself. 

In her case, formula feeding truly was the only way....

If you're physically capable and you just plain ol choose not to BF, then yes, you just aren't as dedicated as some other moms. Yes, I would look down on you..... 

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catho...
Jun. 15, 2008 at 7:22 PM Amen! This is a GREAT quote..so true!

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simpl...
Jun. 15, 2008 at 7:31 PM

For those who are so offended, let's take this apart bit by bit.

When we trust the makers of baby formula more than we do our own ability to nourish our babies, we lose a chance to claim an aspect of our power as women.  How many women decide not to breastfeed at some point because of this? We're told by the doctors, nurses, etc that our milk isn't enough. We're told by the formula companies who send us a sample in the mail "just in case". Therefore, when many women finally do give up and go with formula, YES, they do lose that chance because others then can take over, we're not needed to be the mother, the father can feed the baby a bottle just as well. Obviously, there are cases when breastfeeding is not at all possible but that is the EXCEPTION, not the rule. Most moms end up not breastfeeding for the very reason up above, we do NOT trust our bodies and we don't trust that our body will feed our child. Even I went through that, that little bit of fear that my daughter wasn't getting enough because we can SEE how much they're getting so we have doubts about just what we're capable and the formula companies DEFINITELY encourage those feeings of doubt.

Thinking that baby formula is as good as breast milk is believing that thirty years of technology is superior to three million years of nature's evolution.  Seriously, I would hope that no mother actually thinks this way but sadly, MANY health professionals do especially when it comes to nursing beyond a year, then they see breastfeeding as worthless.

Countless women have regained trust in their bodies through nursing their children, even if they weren't sure at first that they could do it.   There is something to be said for being able to rely solely on yourself to provide for all of the nutritional needs of your child. I ended up with a cesarean and that made me feel like crud because I felt I had failed. Breastfeeding really gave me back some of that confidence I needed, and not only confidence but I felt FEMININE for the first time because this was something only a WOMAN can do (yes, man can lactate too but not as well). It did feel great to go into my daughter's appointment and to hear she was gaining weight, there's no other feeling to describe that really and the fact that I still provide some of my daughter's nutrients and provide for some of the emotional needs she has, there's no comparison.

It is an act of female power, and I think of it as feminism in its purest form."   I am woman, hear me ROAR! This is where we ARE superior to men. Men, for the most part, cannot carry children or nuture them. This is something only women can do and I think we should be proud of that.

 

So tell me, where is that this quote is offensive to moms who did not/cannot breastfeed? Where does it say that moms are bad for not breastfeeding? It doesn't even compare breastfeeding moms to formula feeding moms, but men to women. It is addressing all of those years when women were told that their milk was not good enough because formula was NEW and something that was ADVANCED because of SCIENCE. If technology was so great, we would be using artificial organs from the start. We would be born, our organic parts would be replaced with machines and we would be just hunky dory, right? WRONG! There is NO comparison to mother nature/God/whatever you believe. So, what's wrong with saying that?

Believe me, I understand that breastfeeding is hard and it's VERY easy to doubt yourself. I don't look down on a mom who does whether she chooses to or just wasn't able to. To be honest, I don't have the time and I have more important things to focus on in my life. But I think if more women understood this, and really took the time to get to know their bodies more and REALLY learn all they can about their bodies, then we wouldn't have to be AFRAID of it! I mean, COME ON! Women, go to MALES once a year (unless you get a female doctor), to go poking around in THEIR parts, parts that men don't even HAVE, because women know NOTHING about their own bodies including what is normal and what is not normal. Does anyone else think that's just a little bit absurd? And it's because we're taught to FEAR our own bodies. That goes for childbirth and especially that goes for breastfeeding. When we TRUST in our bodies, then we take back some of that power that we give away and there's no greater feeling in the world when we're able to do that. For me, that's definitely "sticking it to the man". lol

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Xakana
Jun. 16, 2008 at 4:04 PM That's awesome and TOTALLY true! And of course, the 70% of women who were using formula fall into the less than 2% who can't breastfeed! (whatever) This is a great quote.

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rhian...
Jun. 16, 2008 at 8:17 PM simplyjaneen ...  YOU RULE!!!

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