"Formula is the normal way to feed a baby"

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
"Formula is the normal way to feed a baby"
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Thu, 10-20-2011 - 11:31am

When most people think that using formula is normal, ordinary and expected - even if you started out BFing - is it because most of us have not seen a BFIng baby until/unless we were expected to BF our own baby?

When most people think that the side effects of using formula are the normal, ordinary, and expected way for a baby to be - is it because most of us don't have any idea about how a BF baby is like - until/unless we hold our own BF baby?

When most people think that BFing in public is gross, unseemly and should be done in private - is it because most of us have never seen a BFing mother until/unless we BF our own.

When most people think that BFing past 6 months, 1 year,

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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

Yes, to all of the above.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-22-2007

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
true.blue.strine wrote:

As it turned out, I had one BF and one FF baby, so I have experienced both types of feeding. There were no side effects in health caused by FF my first one. Likewise, when BF baby weaned herself at 3 months, I noticed no changes after putting her on formula.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-22-2007

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008

I live in North Queensland in Australia. I see propped bottles a lot. eg mothers walking around pushing the baby in a pram, in a position where they cannot see the baby, and the baby has a bunny rug tucked in there to hold the bottle in a propped position. I have also seen it as somewhat of a norm, in people's homes I have visited.

I am seeing more nursing in public these days than I used to. When my children were little, in the 80s, it was common in my immediate family, but beyond that, I was seen as a bit of an odd bod, especially when I kept breastfeeding for a longer period than most other mothers did.

Teresa

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

When I was nursing my youngest, my two older sons were teenagers and their friends would be in and out of my house all the time, passing me as I was nursing. They all just figured it was normal, it didn't even faze them.

That's the thing, if you see it all the time, it is no different to you.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

What really disturbs me is those I have seen who put the infant in a car seat, turn it towards the TV, so you could not even see the baby when you looked into the room, and then left the room - for up to 1/2 hour at a time. Should the baby choke, you would not hear it over the TV...

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-22-2007

Hmmm....could the difference be socio economic?

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008

I live in an area with a very broad socio economic status, with many very wealthy people, but also many people at the poor/poverty end of the spectrum.

However, some of the people I have seen bottle prop are not in the low socio economic goups, although some are. Perhaps the difference is in education levels though, as it is true to say that in this area, many of the wealthiest people would not have tertiary education and often only educated to middle secondary, despite being in the wealthy upper-class group. I tend to find that the more educated people are much more likely to breastfeed, no matter what their socioeconomic status.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

It is a small city, with a broad socio-economical range. I live in the older part of the city, not far from downtown. Several blocks north of me are upper middle class homes. Several blocks south of me is all industrial, with lots of blue collar workers.

I can't speak for the background most of the individuals I have seen bottle propping, as it is just strangers I have seen out in public - they generally look well-dressed, the baby well-cared for. Beyond that, it is anyone's guess. The ones who I have seen that I know personally have been middle class.

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