Breastfeeding versus Formula Feeding : Which Side Wins?

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Breastfeeding versus Formula Feeding : Which Side Wins?
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Tue, 02-14-2012 - 10:43am

Breastfeeding versus Formula Feeding : Which Side Wins?

Honestly, neither side “wins”, because there is no absolute right or wrong. Both make excellent points about the pros and cons of each option. What it really comes down to is that when it comes to breastfeeding versus formula feeding, the only right decision is the one that works best for you and your child.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-28-2011
The pros listed for breastfeeding sound more like they apply to EPing: they are all about the milk and not about the delivery. Nursing to sleep for example is a huge pro for me which was unattainable in our early EPing days despite all bottles being BM. I also find it a bit skewed because it doesn't really take on baby's side of the issue so much: more skin to skin contact and control over the speed and volume of milk consumption are big benefits to baby as well.

Just my two cents.
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008

I am actually finding the rest of the article even more interesting, and pasted it for ease of commenting on that.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-20-2008
witch_power wrote:

Breastfeeding versus Formula Feeding : Which Side Wins?

Honestly, neither side “wins”, because there is no absolute right or wrong. Both make excellent points about the pros and cons of each option. What it really comes down to is that when it comes to breastfeeding versus formula feeding, the only right decision is the one that works best for you and your child.

I'm not sure I agree with this above statement as written. While I agree that in certain circumstances formula wins such as if the mom previously had a double mastectomy or the baby has Galactosemia, I do in most cases see BF'ing as the clear winner, especially health-wise. Just becuase there may be occasional exceptions to that rule does not mean that neither side wins.

The problem I have with many of these BF vs FF pro/con lists is that all seems to feel the need to make the list have a roughly equal number of pros and cons for both BF'ing and FF'ing.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-22-2007

I think the *winner* is what works best

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

I am genuinely surprised that some people are still publishing this kind of silliness.

IMO formula is like not exercising. It's almost always better to exercise than not to exercise. It's almost always better to breastfeed than not to breastfeed. Many Americans do not exercise enough. Many Americans do not breastfeed enough. No judgment. No denial. To breastfeed and to exercise are good goals and should be considered worthy and normal.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

>>On the other hand, taking in too much of certain substances (alcohol, caffeine, mercury in fish) can be dangerous to your baby.<<

Isn't it a bit of a double standard to call breastfeeding tainted with alcohol or caffeine or mercury "dangerous"? Isn't it taboo to call formula "risky"? Heaven forbid if someone were to call formula dangerous! Makes me wonder about the who is bashing whom at the author's playgroup.

Note: Formula is less good than breastmilk contaminated with alcohol or caffeine or mercury.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-22-2007

>>Isn't it a bit of a double standard to call breastfeeding tainted with alcohol or caffeine or mercury "dangerous"? Isn't it taboo to call formula "risky"? Heaven forbid if someone were to call formula dangerous! <<

Formula gets called dangerous all the time.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
true.blue.strine wrote:

>>Isn't it a bit of a double standard to call breastfeeding tainted with alcohol or caffeine or mercury "dangerous"? Isn't it taboo to call formula "risky"? Heaven forbid if someone were to call formula dangerous! <<

Formula gets called dangerous all the time.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

>>all the times formula has been called 'poison' both on this board and to a lot of links in cyberspace.<<

What I read in that thread is that people saying "other people call formula poison and they should stop" is prevalent.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-17-2007

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This one stuck out for me, because it seems too much like a cop-out. Most of the commonly-taken medications are well-studied on this issue, and so it is not terribly hard to discover whether the med you need or are already taking is safe. To formula-feed so you don't have to worry that any meds you might need to take in the future MIGHT be unsafe sounds like a pretty lousy excuse to formula-feed.

An analogy, if you will: carseat safety is not terribly difficult to ensure. But like bf on medications, it requires a basic amount of research. I have read many times that it is easier to just give formula than to worry (by worry I think they mean research) about the safety of the meds they might take. But with carseats, we encourage women to do the research anyway. We don't say that it would be better never to put baby in the car than to have to worry about the research you'd have to do to be safe. Or worse, we don't put those children at risk by suggesting that safe carseat use isn't necessary, and that women can just put their babies in the carseat however and I'm sure that will be just fine. What a waste and a danger that would be! Yet to suggest that a benefit to ff is that you don't have to research whether or not your meds are safe is similarly wasteful and also potentially dangerous.




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