First For Women Magazine

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First For Women Magazine
Tue, 08-12-2003 - 10:55pm
Not again:( I copied this from another board:

The Sept. 1, 2003 issue of First For Women Magazine Q & A formated

section has this q & a:


Give Breasts a rest?

I'm a first-time nursing mom, and I've been nursing my newborn daughter

for about a month. I know how healthy breast milk is for her, but it often

takes 20 minutes or more to latch on. And frankly, I'm completely exhausted

from around-the clock feedings. I'm thinking of switching to formula, but

i'm feeling guilty. Will she still get the proper nutrition?

Commercial infant formulas supply all the protein, sugar, fat and

vitamins found in mother's milk, so if you make the switch, rest assured that

your daughter will get everything she needs for healthy growth. Just a few

words of advice: Choose a formula that's fortified with iron to cut your baby's

risk of anemia, a condition linked with developmental delays. (Try Enfamil

Advanced Formula with Iron, $13 for 14.3 oz; available at And

while you may be disappointed about giving up nursing, remember that your primary

goal is making sure your daughter gets the necessary nutrients; how she gets

them is secondary.

Here's the Docs info if you want to write a letter:

Donnica L. Moore, M.D., is a leading women's health expert and

president of Sapphire Women's Health Grouop in New Jersey and To ask

her a question, email her at or write to her at

First for Women, Doctor on Call, 270 Sylvan Avenue, Engelwood Clifs, NJ 07632

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Thu, 08-28-2003 - 3:34pm
I haven't read the other posts yet but I have 3 questions:

How much is the Dr. getting paid to refer to in her reply?

How much is the Dr, getting paid by the Formula company to push Enfamil (which by the way isn't this the one that made babies ill)

Why did see not suggest a visit to an LC, a check with her local LLL, or a talk with a Dr, who can see her live and in living colour to help assess what, if anything, is wrong.


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Thu, 08-28-2003 - 11:09am
I just went to her website & searched 'breastfeeding'... not a lot of info there. Granted, I didn't find any ads for Enfamil, but all she had on BF was a few FAQ things, and some of them didn't really have much to do with BF. Some expert. :P

I think the worst for undermining BF is hospitals. I hope it's different in your areas, but here in Houston, they practically push formula at you. I got a sample of formula on my hospital tour, another when I brought Chris home, and 2 more in the mail (no clue how I got on THAT mailing list, though somehow I seem to have fallen out of favor. Oh darn). I think the brochures I got in my breastfeeding class were sponsored by a formula company, at least the ones that weren't from Medela. How sad is THAT??? I can't tell you how many times I was tempted to crack open one of those cans of formula. I had so much trouble BF at the beginning- nothing physical, I just felt like nothing but a wet nurse, and I was starting to resent both BF and DS. I kept indirectly asking my hubby for permission to stop. Smart boy, he said it was up to me, and since I can never make a decision, I just kept going. It's like they sabotage you from day one, and never even try to help you succeed. I'm glad I stuck with it, b/c it's probably the best and most selfless decision (or indecision!) I've ever made in my life, but it was all me- I certainly didn't get any help from my doctors!

Sorry, had to vent. :)

Teri and Chris, 2/6/03

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Mon, 08-18-2003 - 1:19am
This makes me so sad! When my first baby was born I only bf for about one week. I was the first of my sisters to nurse and my mother could'nt help me either because we were all adopted. If someone had just taken a minute to point me in the direction of some help!!! I didn't even know a place like this one excisted! Or that there were other mom's like me that felt very strongly about attached parenting ( only I didn't really know there was a title for it at the time- I was a teenager ) I feel a little cheated about having missed out on that with my son who is now ten. I question about if it was just an ad- it very well could be- I feel so sabotoged as a mother. Almost like formula comanies are like some tabacco companies. The same "flavor" anyway... Just venting:)
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Sun, 08-17-2003 - 6:24pm
has anyone else tried to email this "dr"? I did and it came back undeliverable. :(

Marci with Chucky 8/16/00 & nursling Lynnae 2/3/03

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Wed, 08-13-2003 - 1:24pm
Just a thought--

The doctor mentioned a *specific* formula. I'm sure the "advice" column was just an ad in disguise.

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Wed, 08-13-2003 - 10:38am

You said exactly what I feel, how about trying to help her with the BF issues first before offering the formula?


Samuel - 15 months

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Wed, 08-13-2003 - 6:27am
Note she is a women's health specialist and not a pediatrician too. Why a women's health dr answering that question? Makes no sense. But then again? It makes no sense to me why someone would write "that" particular question in to "that" particular magazine.
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Wed, 08-13-2003 - 2:12am
Yes. Typical. I don't understand why it is so rare for that to even be mentioned! Is it THAT politically incorrect to SUGGEST how a frustrated nursing mom might find some support?

Deep sigh.

I'm not at all opposed to women who want to put a baby on formula doing so. But it breaks my heart that women who WANT to nurse, or who have a desire for their children to have breastmilk, are tossed a can of formula without anyone even attempting to offer some support! Would a statement about how she might get some help and continue nursing have been so bad???


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Tue, 08-12-2003 - 11:00pm
How sad (but typical) that the dr did not recommend mom see an LC or otherwise offer her bf help... *sigh*