I found this list while trying to find information a different BFing subject and thought it might make good fodder for debate.
The only points I didn't like were these listed below,
I thought overall the list was good, and liked the studies provided. However, I thought some were just opinions (for example, that apart from less incidence of eczema that the skin feels better in BF babies, or that they smell better), and some are more situation dependent or debatable. For example, breastfeeding is certainly easier for many mothers, but can certainly be more difficult for others (such as BF problems, diet changes, working and pumping, dad taking night feedings, etc).
Much of the studies sound good to me, but there are some I am more skeptical about, either because I have not heard it before (and I wonder if it is just one study or more supported). There is one in particular that stood out since I have not heard it before and it is a very old study:
90. Better social developmentThe psychomotor and social development of breastfed babies clearly differs from that of bottle fed ones and leads at the age of 12 months to significant advantages of the psychomotor and social capabilities.Baumgartner, C.,"Psychomotor and Social Development of Breast Fed and Bottle Fed babies During their First year of Life". Acta Paediatrica Hungarica, 1984
"Do you think it might "cause" any feelings in a FFing mom who wanted to BF (but was unable) if she found it? "
I am one such mother, and didn't have any negative feelings.
"Much nicer diaper changesThe bowel movements of breastfed babies smell mild and inoffensive. The same can not be said about those of formula fed babies. Try changing a few formula fed babies if you are uncertain about wanting to try breastfeeding! "
Several years ago, I overheard two male co-workers talking about breastfeeding.
Do you mean that an exclusively breastfed baby's poop smell exactly the same to you as a formula-fed baby's poop? While that may be your experience, I know a number of mom show have smelled both BF and FF baby poops and definitely preferred the BF poop. Now of course that is just their perception and opinion but it's still a valid one just as your is.
While I can understand having some tact about this claim and not telling some individual FF mom her baby stinks due to formula which is just rude and unnecessary but I don't feel that making the general claim that many people seem to prefer the smell of BF poops over FF poops as a benefit if BF'ing, offensive or wrong. If you want to argue that it's not true then I would like to see a survey on the subject that backs that up otherwise it's all just anecdotal?
***Many people will be disappointed to know that it smells the same and it is a runnier stool for longer.***
I guess you're saying that your experience/opinion is that BF poop and FF poop smells the same? (just clarifying, b/c I wasn't sure if that's what you meant)?I'm sure everyone's experience/perception is different, of course, but my own experience, with my own exclusively BF babies, vs. my one early FF baby, vs. my exclusively FF nephews, vs. the many FF babies I cared for when I worked in the infant rooms at various daycare centers...the BF baby poops were not nearly as stinky as the FF baby poops...not even close.
Robynne mama to Emily (3/26/99), Allison (5/13/02)
Whatever, I guess the right answer was I agree with all 101 reasons to BF.
No, there's no "right answer," it's a debate.
Someone posts a statement, someone posts a counter point, and then it's debated.
In this case, one of the statements was that BF poop smells less offensive, you stated that you didn't believe that was the case, and several people countered that with their own experiences.
>>>>So I never understood why some FF'rs seem to so hung up on this issue (I'm not referring to anyone on this board).>>>>
It is actually the BFers who get hung up on that issue, it did make it on their list of reasons to BF. I don't get why that was on a list that was to be taken seriously and one that had some great reasons.