News: Breast or Bottle? A Battle of the Moms

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News: Breast or Bottle? A Battle of the Moms
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Wed, 02-29-2012 - 12:49am
Breast or Bottle? A Battle of the Moms
Posted by Aunt Becky on February 16, 2012 at 10:33 AM

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Wed, 02-29-2012 - 4:27pm

Dr. Sears was just the sort of militant breastfeeding advocate I needed.

@@ That's almost funny.

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Wed, 02-29-2012 - 4:39pm

I guess I’m saying is this: Why can’t we all get along?

I'm guessing that this author didn't read my earlier post, "Why can't we all get along"! LOL.

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Registered: 05-20-2008
Thu, 03-01-2012 - 2:51am
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@@ That's almost funny.>>>>

Dr. Sears is hardly anywhere near as militant as she and others like her claim. Why it is true that he takes a stronger pro-BF position then is found in many general parenting books, he does recognize that there are situations where formula is needed and has never advocated that mothers should be forced to BF or anything like. that. He may strongly believe breast is best but doesn't think that moms should not have the choice to FF if they so choose so long as they make an informed decision. I think that there are those including individuals working for formula companies who want to convince people that anyone who believes formula is not at least "close enough to breastmilk" is a militant. If you ever argue that it's possible for a mom's choice to FF be a mistake/wrong choice made either without all the needed info or based on incorrect assumptions that prove to be wrong later then your a militant. Some people seem to think that the decision to FF is somehow immune from the possibility of being a bad decision unlike other choices in life.

I get the feeling that people like this mom like to try and debunk the notion that turning the the most fervent BF advocate for BF advice is not going to lead to success in BF'ing. They seem to want to convince people that the notion that what keeps many m oms from successfully BF'ing is simply a lack of support and good advice is wrong. But there is good evidence that supports the idea that if you turn to someone more supportive and knowledgeable then average with BF'ing that your chance of success goes up considerably. While it's true then even the best BF advocate/certified LC is not going to have 100% success rate and some moms will have issue that are beyond the scope of even the best LC and possibly impossible to overcome that does not mean that a good certified LC who strongly supports BF'ing is not going to be better then a doctor who is pessimistic when it comes to a mom's BF success chances and whose approach to supporting BF'ing is based on that.

I find her whole attempt to try and compare the BF vs FF debate to that of standard organic vs non-organic or personally raised cattle and vegetables vs commercial meat and veggies. I don;t think ti's exactly the same. I see the health-difference difference between BM and formula to be much greater then that of organic vs non-organic food. I also see BF'ing as a much more reasonable solution to improving children's health then trying to raise our own cattle and grow all our own veggies. The latter is something that i would agree would be better health-wise IMO but is not very realistic for the average person. Successfully BF'ing on the other hand is more obtainable goal for the majority of mom provide that we improve support for BF'ing including better educating doctors on BF'ing and importing support for pumping at work and/or instituting longer paid maternity leaves.

She seems to want to believe the difference between BM and formula is not that great health-wise due to her enjoying FF'ing more then BF'ing. Maybe she feels guilty for preferring the less healthy choice of FF'ing over BF'ing so tries to downplay the risks of formula.

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