Flame retardant in Breast Milk
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|Wed, 09-24-2003 - 5:37pm|
Was just wondering how some of you staunch Breast Milk advocates feel about these current findings. I a mom of 2 who FF both of my babies (Yep, you read right,I never even TRIED BF). I have always taken all of the "Breast is Best" stuff with a grain of salt, as I've seen too many times the medical research "take back" what they formerly advised was good for us. (The most recent thing that comes to mind is Breast Self Examinations. They are no longer reccomended since research as proven they don't work. Another thing that comes to mind...Syrup of Ippecac. You can toss it. No good.) Call me a cynic but in the back of my mind I've always felt it is only a matter of time before we find out that breast milk is actually poisoning our babies. It's the perfect food, sure, but our world and enviornment is a hell of alot rougher than it was "In the begining" (whenever that was)!
One of the things I liked about formula is it was more of a "controlled" environment. In other words, I knew exactly what was in it, and what I ate, drank, or inadverdently inhaled was not going to get into it and therefore into my babies system.
By the way, there were many other very PERSONAL reasons why I didn't choose to breastfeed, the not believing the health benefits is just one of them. The other reasons are very personal and no woman should have to explain to anyone why.
Perhaps you have already gathered from the tone of this post that I have ZERO tolerance for women who get on their high horses and start judging other women for FF. I have never understood why this is such a hot button with mothers. Why should anyone else care what I fed my baby? Ok--I take that back---if I was feeding my baby kool-aid or Diet Coke, you have a right to care and to judge me. But formula is a perfectly viable alternative to breast milk (and dare I say it--perhaps, just maybe--even better?). Why are women so BRAINWASHED into believing that Breast Milk is the be-all-end-all of an infants well being? There is SO MUCH more that goes into making a baby healthy and happy than what it eats! Don't be so narrow minded. Why are some Breast Feeders (notice I said SOME) so passionate about it? One theory I've come up with is that maybe they really enjoy doing it for their own infants--that it brings out that primal "I am woman hear me roar" instinct. That's great, that's understandable--but does that give them the right to act superior to women who don't like it or don't even want to try it for whatever reason? To all you Staunch Breast Feeders out there, (and notice the capital letters---you know who you are, I don't mean all breastfeeders, just the feisty judgemental ones)I say to you: Enjoy nursing your infants. It's natural, it's beautiful, thank God for the gift of being a woman and being able to enjoy nourishing your offspring in such a way. But please realize that there are all different types of woemen out there with all different types of backgrounds, and if some of them don't choose to breasfeed their own babies it doesn't make them selfish, less of a woman, or worse of a parent. Far from it. Respect other people's differences and thier choices as I respect yours!