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?

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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
goddessofpeace wrote:

Agreed. I am simply defining what that risk actually is.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
witch_power wrote:
goddessofpeace wrote:

Agreed. I am simply defining what that risk actually is.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
witch_power wrote:
As for hassles, parenthood is a hassle! LOL I wonder how many would reproduce if we didn't have that natural drive to do so?
teresagem wrote:
And what you expect anyway, eg as a parent, were you expecting to devote a lot of time to your baby? I was.
Teresa, I wasn't sure if you were directling this to GOP or me about the hassles?
Spending time with my babies was never a hassle - that was the easy part! :D
I was thinking of all the other stuff - cleaning up messes you just cleaned up, making meals that no-one wants, trying to get them to listen, trying to keep them alive when they are determined to do daredevil stuff the minute you take your eyes off them, staying consistant every single day when you are so exhausted you can't even think straight anymore, making decisions about every little thing and then second and third guessing yourself, not sure if it was the right one, sleepless nights, sick days, and teenagers!
Would we do these things for anyone but our children?
iVillage Member
Registered: 02-28-2008

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sure, the risk I see in formula assuming there is no contamination is that it may keep a baby alive but does nothing for them. That breastmilk passes immunities I see and I understand.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
goddessofpeace wrote:
Darn you witch power! that is an excellent point and one for which I have no counter at the moment.

Gosh Im truly bummed at that :).

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
witch_power wrote:
witch_power wrote:
As for hassles, parenthood is a hassle! LOL I wonder how many would reproduce if we didn't have that natural drive to do so?
teresagem wrote:
And what you expect anyway, eg as a parent, were you expecting to devote a lot of time to your baby? I was.
Teresa, I wasn't sure if you were directling this to GOP or me about the hassles?
Was not really a question directed at anyone. More of a statement phrased as a rhetorical question to make people think.
Teresa
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Registered: 05-15-2009

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

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

Kevali


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Registered: 07-11-2006

Forgive me, but I have a difficult time understanding your posts sometimes.