How much pressure is their to BF for ...

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Registered: 05-20-2008
How much pressure is their to BF for ...
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Tue, 08-31-2010 - 8:42am

How much pressure is their to BF for the average mother/mother-to-be?



  • Too much, BF vs FF is a individual choice
  • Too much since I don't believe benefits of BF significant enough
  • Too much as too few mothers inherently capable of BF'ing
  • Too much and not enough BF support to justify it.
  • Only a moderate amount, significant risks of formula justify more pressure
  • Only a moderate amount and too little BF support to jusitfy more.
  • Only a moderate amount and BF not significant enough to justify more.
  • The pressure is mostly self-imposed.
  • Pressure to BF? What pressure?
  • Other


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Registered: 06-16-2010
Tue, 08-31-2010 - 9:36am

I had to vote "other," as I don't feel any one of those is 100% accurate. I don't know that there's actually "pressure" per se (individual experiences vary too widely for anyone to really know for sure), but I feel that more RECOMMENDATIONS from, and EDUCATION for, medical professionals is warranted. Pressure shouldn't be applied without adequate support behind it.


That said, too much lip service is paid to the "benefits" of BFing and not enough is said about the risks of NOT BFing, by the doctors who are often the first ones to discuss the matter with expectant mothers.

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Registered: 11-29-2005
Tue, 08-31-2010 - 9:54am
I had to vote "other," as I don't feel any one of those is 100% accurate. I don't know that there's actually "pressure" per se (individual experiences vary too widely for anyone to really know for sure), but I feel that more RECOMMENDATIONS from, and EDUCATION for, medical professionals is warranted. Pressure shouldn't be applied without adequate support behind it.

That said, too much lip service is paid to the "benefits" of BFing and not enough is said about the risks of NOT BFing, by the doctors who are often the first ones to discuss the matter with expectant mothers.


Ditto - perfectly said.



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Registered: 04-18-2003
Thu, 09-02-2010 - 8:48pm

Base on my own experiences, I voted "pressure? what pressure?"

My OB handed me formula samples. My ped handed em formula and a pamphlet saying it was fine if I wanted to try bf, but I'd probably need a break from it and then they would be happy to prescribe formula for me.

Of course, since I did bf, I don't know what they would have said to me if I had said I planned to ff from the beginning. It's possible they would have tried to convince me otherwise, but somehow I didn't get that impression.

On teh other hand 90% of the pressure-to-bf horror stories seem to consist of: I was at the park and I took out a bottle and this other mom LOOKED at me!!!!!

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Registered: 05-20-2008
Sat, 09-04-2010 - 2:33am
I've given this some thought and I think the pressure to BF is likely more self-imposed then reality. I think some people read about the benefits of BF'ing/risks of formula and becuase they truly wanting to do what's best for their children health-wise they put pressure on themselves to BF but due to lack of support they don't succeed at it. They may then interpret advocacy to BF as some sort of severe pressure to BF when in reality I don't think the level of pressure to BF is anywhere near that significant, at least on nationwide basis. I think also that some people truly do not not want to BF but feel guilty for feeling that way due to the knowing about the health risks of formula and thus externalize that guilt as unfair pressure from others to BF.

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