Debate: There are no benefits to breastfeeding. None.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Debate: There are no benefits to breastfeeding. None.
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Tue, 06-21-2011 - 11:05pm

Breast milk/breastfeeding is not best or better or the superior choice. It is simply the biological norm that your baby's body has been designed to expect and survive on.

Formula is not better, the best choice or superior choice even in certain situations - it is simply a fall-back choice when breast milk/breastfeeding is not possible for whatever reason.

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It's the normal thing to happen. All that oxytocin bonding, the immunities, the perfect growth medium for human beings, the added hormone hits to combat stress and sleeplessness, the brain building chemicals, the oral-facial development... it's all normal stuff. It's what nature designed. Glorious, complex, mind-boggingly brilliant... and commonplace and everyday.

It's the biological norm.

It's what you do, to produce a perfectly normal child.

If you have a gene inside your family, that reacts to environmental stress for cancer.. breastfeeding won't stop it developing.
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But more cancers will be triggered, in a cohort, if the children with the gene aren't breastfed.
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Breastfeeding won't stop asthma, or autism, developing, in a child with a genetic, or environmental trigger for it.
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But more asthma, and more autism, will be triggered, in a cohort, if the susceptible children aren't breastfeed.
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Breastfeeding won't prevent salmonella triggering food poisoning in a newborn.
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But breastmilk doesn't contain salmonella: some formula does contain it.
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Breathing fresh air doesn't cause cancer: but breathing smoke can trigger it.
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See the difference?

http://one-of-those-women.blogspot.com/2009_04_01_archive.html

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-20-2008
From the article:

Breast milk/breastfeeding is not best or better or the superior choice. It is simply the biological norm that your baby's body has been designed to expect and survive on.



Formula is not better, the best choice or superior choice even in certain situations - it is simply a fall-back choice when breast milk/breastfeeding is not possible for whatever reason.


Like I have said before, the truth of this statement depends on whether your comparing BM to formula or formula to BM. When one says "Breast milk/breastfeeding is the best or better or the superior choice" there is an unspoken "…compared with formula/formula feeding." in that statement. So when compare to formula it is the "best/better/superior choice" in general.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 02-28-2008

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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

Occasionally, it will come up in a thread that breastfeeding is less important for those with good genes than it is for other people. Sometimes it is implied that there are people who have genes so strong that not breastfeeding won't have any adverse effects at all. Personally, I think it smacks of eugenics.

But anyway, we've mentioned epigenetics a few times on the board and I'm not sure if this link has been shared before. It is LONG, a 13 minute video, but it is interesting.

According to the video, genetically identical mice can develop epigenetic tags that can make dramatic changes in mice including obesity and change in coat color.

Unlike genes, which are permanent, epigenetic tags can change throughout a lifetime. The theory of epigenetics supports the idea that not breastfeeding can have a long lasting effect on people's health.

http://www.breastmilkresearch.org/watch-a-video-about-epigenetics.html

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008

I really like the ending where it talks about our responsibility to ourselves and our children because of how the epigenome can be altered.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-16-2010
goddessofpeace wrote:

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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

Have I mentioned that I actually have a mulberry bush (it is more of a tree) right in my backyard. It is loaded with berries right now.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 02-28-2008

No that formula is simply an alternative to breast feeding period,zilch nothing more and nothing less.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

I am confused - reading this I get the feeling that you are telling me that I am wrong but I think... I think.. .that you agree with me? So confused! LOL

goddessofpeace wrote:

Yup you can say that and still there will be women who think that you are wrong or that just do not want to hear one bad word against breastfeeding or who just want to believe that they are doing the "right" thing and that therefore validates their actions and makes them "good mothers" hey,I get it I do. You can say that and then there is that other thing I mentioned...

Are you saying that there are those that don't agree with what I posted? I am willing to bet the majority don't agree me. I am OK with that.

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