***i did not write this, however i do agree with many of the points made and think it would be beneficial for other mothers to read.
i understand this is a controversial topic, but really, what topic isn't anymore?
i am not here to debate this topic with other moms, i DO NOT CARE why you had to give your baby formula. it is NONE OF MY BUSINESS. you don't have to justify your decision to anyone but yourself.
it is my choice to breastfeed and share information, as much as it is your choice to formula feed.***
Formula is a medical intervention not a food. It was created with the intention of saving the lives of babies that could not breastfeed(FOR MEDICAL REASONS, not low supply...that DOES NOT EXSIST. not failure to thrive...THAT DOES NOT EXSIST), not as a replacement for breastmilk. Through the arrogance of doctors and the medical profession and questionable marketing practices on the part of formula companies, it was assumed that a human invention was superior to what came naturally from our bodies, and formula feeding became the "norm"
But it's not. It's no less of a medical intervention than a colostomy bag, a catheter, IV fluids, a feeding tube. As with all interventions, formula feeding carries critical risks (increased death as a result of an incomplete immune system, contamination of formula, choking due to bottle propping or putting rice cereal into bottles with cut nipples, and allergies/asphyxia) it also carries with it the potential of life-long health problems such as increased intolerance to foods, gastrointestinal disorders, increased risk of cancers, improper development of the jaw and teeth, oral problems such as an increased risk of cavities, early exposure to chemicals concentrated in water and unfiltered food sources, etc. It ALSO carries an increased risk to the mother that uses formula of osteoporosis, arthritis, breast cancer, and a host of other ailments. (Since breastfeeding is the NORM, it's not that breastfeeding LOWERS the risks of these things, it's that NOT breastfeeding increases the risks.)
When formula is properly used (as a medical intervention) I have no problem with it. When it is used regularly as a choice with or without the mother being aware of its side effects, she should at least be aware that she is CHOOSING to subject her child to an unnecessary medical intervention. She should at least be aware of what formula is. That it is NOT a food because the baby is only designed to consume breastmilk which formula is a poor imitation of. It's a medical intervention to save the lives of babies whose mothers cannot breastfeed. And as with all medical interventions it should be used sparingly and every effort should be made to eliminate the child's dependency on the medical intervention so that the child can resume normal life.
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