Is Pushing Formula Evil?

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Is Pushing Formula Evil?
Tue, 04-17-2012 - 1:39pm

I'm going to be very blunt in hopes that it awakens more people to the dangers of infant formula.

NOTE TO MOMS: Don't read this if you are feeling vulnerable, guilty or overstressed. NOTE TO ALL: I'm not a therapist but a researcher in child development. As mentioned in last week's post, most research comparing formula and breastfeeding referred to is correlational (but some experimental too).

Why do institutions* push formula on normal infants when it is VERY RISKY?

Formula is a starvation diet. It gives kids the equivalent of bread and water right when they are growing the most. Only 25% of the brain is developed at birth in full term infants (40-42 weeks at birth).

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Wed, 04-18-2012 - 8:55am

I like the piece, especially because it was written to bring discussion and awareness to breastfeeding last year for Breastfeeding Awareness Week. That said, my comments:

I think is is more an enriched white bread and milk diet than bread and water. After all, there is some protein...

I think there is some merit to the "junk food" comment, but I think it is too strong. Formula is more like boxed Mac&Cheese or hotdogs and beans, than it is like soda and chips.

Human milk for human babies - makes good sense. Formula is a substitute for that - not a free choice. It is a choice with consequences.

Unfortunately, there were a lot of upset commentors.