How do you define the formula side of this debate?

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Registered: 07-11-2006
How do you define the formula side of this debate?
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Mon, 12-27-2010 - 2:58pm

How do you define the sides of the debate here?

For me, I see myself on the breastfeeding side. I view the breastfeeding side as 1) Breastfeeding is a healthier choice than bottlefeeding, with rare exception. 2) Infant feeding is a public health issue and therefore it is important to talk about it. 3) The differences between breastfeeding and formula feeding tend to be under played. 4) Infant formula is literally life saving when breastmilk is not available.

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I hate it when the "other side" defines my side, so by all means, correct me. But here goes:

1) Infant feeding is a private choice. 2) The differences between breastfeeding and formula feeding tend to be over played and therefore we don't need to talk more about it. 3) Formula is essentially as good as breastfeeding. There may be differences, but they are small.

Midground/Agreement:

1) Moms should be allowed to choice breastfeeding or bottle feeding after analyzing the risks. 2)There needs to be more quality information and empathic guidance for moms who opt to breastfeed.

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Registered: 03-16-2010

Interesting question!

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

Interesting question!

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-16-2010

Aren't we, more or less, on the same side?


It seems like it, it but somehow you and I manage to disagree on almost every thread!

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Registered: 07-11-2006

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Registered: 03-16-2010

IRL I don't think I'd be viewed as "pro-FF," nor would I identify as such.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

Wow. I appreciate your thoughtful post. You are

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Registered: 05-20-2008
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 10:30pm

I see the FF side if the debate as divided into 5 main categories, those who believe FF'ing is generally best and those who simply defend formula and mother's who use it. In the former, we have those who believe formula is generally superior to breastmilk, those who think they formula is equal to BM in most cases, and those who think the health risks of formula are not significant enough to worry about in most cases. Here is how I would define the different categories of FF'ing

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Registered: 03-16-2010
Tue, 12-28-2010 - 12:02pm

I’m not convinced, but as I said earlier, I respect your decision to identify as pro-ff.

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Registered: 03-26-2003

I disagree with your #6.

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Registered: 05-20-2008
<< I have known several FFers over the years who are able to read through anything I say and not get personally insulted. So it is not necessarily *what* I say, but perhaps the person's own personal take on it. I do think that lots of FFers are wearing large chips on their shoulders which make them more likely to feel judged.
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I'd have to agree with this. I do think there are a good many FF'rs with chips on their shoulder that cause them to read into BF'rs posts and interpret them in ways never intended. In some case no matter how one says something that is perfectly factual there is a FF'r who will misinterpret as a slam against her and other FF'rs. There is a false perceptions among a lot of FF'rs that many or all BF advocates see most FF'ing moms as bad mommies who use formula by choice for selfish reasons. U suspect that some misconceptions about BF advocates are intentionally reinforced by interests that benfit from the negative perception of BF BF advocates as a whole.

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