Poll for ff'rs...

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Poll for ff'rs...
Wed, 05-28-2003 - 7:39pm
How much research did you do on formula before making this decision? Did you search for organic formula (there is one brand...)? Did the ingrediants listed on the back ever catch your attention? What did you base your decision on? And some of you have called it a "nut'l alternative to bm"... how do you compare the two?
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 05-28-2003 - 8:03pm
<<"How much research did you do on formula before making this decision?">>

Enough to help me understand the differences between breastmilk and formula and to decide which choice was right for my family. Read books specifically on BFing, as well as general parenting books. Searched medical websites (Mayo Clinic comes to mind), as well as BFing websites.

<<"Did you search for organic formula (there is one brand...)?">>

No, I'm not one for choosing organic foods in general, so never really considered this.

<<"Did the ingrediants listed on the back ever catch your attention?">>

I read them, if that's what you mean. If you mean was I troubled by them, then the answer is no.

<<"What did you base your decision on?">>

The research I did on the subject, as mentioned above.

<<"And some of you have called it a "nut'l alternative to bm"... how do you compare the two?">>

Not sure what you're asking here. I do believe breastmilk is superior to formula because of the immunities/antibodies it offers, but I do not believe the discrepancy is a great one. I believe that diet and lifestyle over many years, combined with our own genetics, play a *much* larger role than BFing in our overall health (including our physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual health).


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Registered: 05-08-2003
Wed, 05-28-2003 - 8:27pm
I started reading on many parental choice topics including ff/bf in 1993, first baby born in 1996 and second will be born next month.

Organic formula? No. But then again I've never purchased or dined on organic foods of any kind so I'm sure it just isn't something that came to mind.

I'm a label reader. Learned from my mother.

My decision was based purely, solely and only on the fact that after educating myself I felt very comfortable with formula as an acceptable nutrional alternative that is complete and I have no desire to breastfeed so knowing this information I went w/my heart's desire and chose bottles (over bfing and pumping both).

Breast milk is THE best. I don't see any reason to ever question that fact.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 05-28-2003 - 8:27pm
I don't know how one measures research, but I looked into the various types of formula out there. At the time there was no organic formula (or at least not available in my area). I talked with my ds's ped. and my lactation consultant as well as friends and relatives who are in the medical profession. I didn't exactly have much time to do any research. I had been trying to breast feed and my son was not getting anything (meaning nothing, nada, zippo) from me and would have been rehospitalized for dehydration if we hadn't given him something. EBM from a donor was also not available as that required a doctor's prescription to get. And I didn't know any women who were lactatating at the time. Not every woman is able to successfully breastfeed and formula is the only practical alternative out there.


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Wed, 05-28-2003 - 9:00pm
Well, to be honest.....I did NO research where my first was concerned. It never dawned on me that I wouldn't bf!! I never thought I would have problems. I thought bfing would be as easy as brushing my teeth.

I started researching the different kinds AFTER my first was weened from the bottle....at about 10mo of age. I read a plethera of info on the internet......both good and bad, asked family, friends, PED.

I see bm and formula BOTH as nutritionally complete. However, bm contains living organisms and has immunity properties.



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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 05-28-2003 - 10:00pm
I never did any research on formula, as I never expected that I would not be able to BF. I eventually stuck with the formula that DD tolerated the best. (We tried several) I have read and compared ingredient lists on the back of formulas, but I really go by how DD does on a particular brand.

Formula is certainly nutritionally complete, and I'm grateful that it is. My daughter may have starved otherwise. I sincerely wish that I had been able to offer BM, which is far superior. I did EP (and try to nurse) for 6 weeks, so she could at least get the benefit from that. She is a happy, bright, content 4 month old, and I know that I have done the best by her that I was able.