Question for BF'rs re quality of Formula
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|Tue, 10-21-2003 - 8:09pm|
I've seen alot of BF'rs imply that feeding formula is more or less like feeding your baby junk food. Examples: The analogy that BM is like going to Yale and Formula is like going to a no-name community college. -OR- Seeing someone feed formula evokes the same feeling of seeing someone scarf down a MCDonalds Burger and Shake...There are other analogies abound I'm sure. There was a thread about wheather calling formula "Inferior" to BM was offensive or even accurate---I don't want to start that debate up again--I'm talking about a different angle.
What I want to know is, those who feel that formula is so vastly inferior than BM, what are you basing your assumptions on?
Are you analzying the actual nutritional content, ingredient for ingredient, vitamin for vitamin? (That would be pretty hard, considering BM changes depending on what the mom ate, and besides, nobody's doing random testing of your BM so you really don't know the actually nutritional makeup of your specific milk--but for arguments sake we'll say the makeup of BM "on average").
Are you basing your assumptions on the fact that BM contains certain ingredients that formula does not--i.e., antibodies and other "unknown" ingredients?
Or are you basing it on you experience in life, where you have seen that formula fed kids were sickly/unhealthy, or otherwise adversely affected because--you felt--they were FF, and that BM would've prevented those problems? On a similar note, have you ever met an older child or adult who had problems that you clearly attributed to the fact that they were FF?
Personally, I do not see any vast differences between BM and Formula, neither in the studies that show BM's benefits (small, vague differences, all short term) nor in everyday life. I can't tell a BF kid from a FF one. To me they (BM and Formula) are pretty darn close in doing their job. So close, in fact, that to me the differences are irrelevant.
I would just honestly like to know where the majority of BF'rs who feel strongly that BM is a superior food originate their beliefs from.