"3 Little Known Benefits of BF" (m)

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"3 Little Known Benefits of BF" (m)
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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 10:43am
This is from the Dr. Sears website. Do you agree/disagree?

http://askdrsears.com/html/2/T020400.asp

I never FF a baby, so I can't compare, but my BF baby certainly smells good and has the most amazing skin I have ever seen or felt. But then again, I'm his Momma. ;)

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 10:46am
Please excuse the CL hat. It won't go away!
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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 12:16pm
Have to disagree on at least the first two points. First of all, I do not have a look of disgust when I change my DS. Frankly, Sears sometimes annoys me in general, and that comment seems to be really reaching to support BFing. Unless BFers are planning on avoiding any other food until their children are potty trained, they're going to encounter the more smelly poops. It's hardly something to be disgusted over, and I'd certainly never communicate that kind of reaction to my child (so that he can feel *he's* disgusting? How awful).

On the second point, my DS has beautiful, clear , smooth skin & always has (actually, the worst his skin ever looked was during the first month, when he did get BM - kind of blotchy and pimply in spots). I know one BF toddler who has such awful ecsema (sorry about the spelling), her parents hear her scratching herself raw all night long. Obviously, anecdotal info here. But in my case, I don't see how my DS's skin could be any more delicious!

The third part, I really couldn't say. DS seems to have great vision, but it's not something he's been tested on, so I guess we wouldn't know.

~Kim

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 12:53pm
Lisa, sorry to hijack this thread but I just noticed your reply to my reply about donating milk. Short of taking out a newspaper ad I really don't know how you'd get the word out, and in time to use the milk before it expired. If you knew of someone adopting that'd be the best, or if you have an "in" with someone at an adoption agency.

Sorry that I don't have more info!

Brook

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 1:19pm
To begin with....I've never grimaced or had any kind of "sour" face when changing my baby's diaper. The smell never bothered me. He was *my* baby! (Now, I cannot and will not change ANY babies diaper other than my own and my sister's kids....not even my SIL on my dh's side, yuck!)

Also...I will just have to say here...I DO NOT think formula has a bad smell to it at all and I always laugh when I hear this comment. To *me* and my DH it doesn't smell bad, it doesn't stink, it is food for our baby!

My DS vision is great. True for the skin. FF'd from time of birth until well past 14 months of age!

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 2:40pm
Well, as someone whose baby has received both bm and ff, I have to disagree.

I much prefer the ff poop, if you can have a preference for poop, LOL. BM poop tends to be much runnier and a lot more explosive. FF poop tends to be a little denser. I think it all smells pretty yucky. I would never put a bm poopy diaper on my desk as an air freshener...

My dd is now back to being exclusively bfed, and I am going to really miss the formula poopy. Both the texture and the number of poops, LOL.

About the skin - I never noticed a difference during the time she was exclusively ffed.

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 4:55pm
Well, my breastfed kids both seem to have good vision but I haven't seen any of my formula fed nieces and nephews running into walls either. Stools of a breastfed baby might smell less offensive but my breasfed babies used to "projectile poop", and frankly I'd rather smell it then get it all over myself. Both my breastfed babies had exema and all sorts of spots. I've spent a fortune on different creams and moisturizers over the last 5 years.
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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 4:57pm
HEY!! You made me "projectile" my Nerds over everything.

LOL...

christine


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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 6:49pm
I agree with the "smelling better part"...nothing stinks more than formula spit up!
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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 7:13pm
Well, I don't really know the smell difference, since I have only changed FF babies. Sure it does stink, but I'm not really qualified to compare! From what I understand, however, FF poops are a little more formed and easier to clean up than BF poops, so I guess there's good and bad to each kind of poop! ;-)

My baby has beautiful skin as well - it's a bit dry, but she is in the dry indoors heat most of the time, so it's hard to say how it will be once we can get some more air time outside. No rashes though, including diaper area, since her infant acne disappeared.

Vision? Well I'll have to get back to you on that - she's only 5 months old. :) She can see me from across the room, etc. but I have no idea how clear a picture I am to her.

-Deb

 

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 7:18pm
Well I have to say that I disagree on the smelling better part. Some of the nastiest smelling poops I have ever smelled came from my girlfriend's bf babies. I remember holding *G* when he was 2 weeks old. I heard a squirting sound, followed by a foul smell. I couldn't even handle changing him. ITA with the poster that said the feces from a ff baby is a different consistency and I would rather change a ff baby's diaper than a bf babies one. I don't find the formula that I used to have a bad smell, either before it was given or after it was spit up.

I also don't agree with the skin being nicer. I know lots of bf babies with skin issues. I think in general babies have beautiful soft skin.

As for the eyesight? I have no idea, so I won't answer.

Judi


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