Regional Differences in Decisions to BF?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Regional Differences in Decisions to BF?
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Sat, 05-17-2003 - 11:52am
i've been VERY m.i.a. lately..major technology problems. that said, i'm trying to catch up on recent discussions...forgive me if this has been covered. its not all that earth shattering, but i thought we may be able to kick it around.

does where you live influence your decision to bf or not? it seems to me that people who ff know lots of people who ff and vice versa. where i live (metro nyc), all but a small number of people i know bf. granted, many switch to formula because of work, difficult latch, bad advice/lack of family support, etc...but they all do "go down the bf road" at first. i do know 2 locally who "couldn't be bothered" w/ bf their words, not mine.

i saw on msnbc that of all 50 states, mississippi has the lowest bf rates. my guess is that for the most part if everyone around you bf's you bf or they ff and you ff...of course, there are exceptions, but i can't help but think example is a huge part of the decision (case in point 98% rates in australia).

anyway, what factors are at play here? why is bf more popular in one area than another? again, i've been unable to find a listing of rates by states, i suspect it would be helpful

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Sat, 05-17-2003 - 11:59am
I think what you're saying is so true. I live in a place where all of my friends BF, and usually do for for at least a year. But I also just moved from a place over 100 miles away where everyone I knew BFed (or like you said, at least made a valiant effort). I would never even think to ask someone if they're going to BF because I've never met someone IRL who didn't at least plan to do so.

Is this the prevailing attitude in the whole midwest - or is it also a socio-economic or cultural thing as well?

- Ingrid (and nursling Henry, 5 months tomorrow!)


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Registered: 05-08-2003
Sat, 05-17-2003 - 12:09pm
While I'd formula feed no matter where I live I do believe we can be a product of our environment. I see more bfers here (Central Kentucky) than ever before, even 6yrs ago. Most everyone at least starts out bfing. Most every pregnant woman at least prepares herself to bf'd or to give it a try. I'm 33 wks and for the first time in my ob office was asked directly if I were planning to bf or bottles, always before bfing was mentioned in casual conversation about pregnancy/delivery. Very few people that I know IRL begin with formula from the start. For whatever reason they usually change over to formula after a few weeks or months, not many going to one year.
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Registered: 03-25-2003
Sat, 05-17-2003 - 1:06pm
I wouldn't say it influenced me so so much, but it is nice to have support. Everyone I know in my town BFs except one mom whose milk never came in.

Melanie

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Sat, 05-17-2003 - 10:29pm
Definately. Though moreso for DD1 than DD2.

With DD1 I was out in the country, 20 min. drive from the nearest grocery store or pharmacy. There is a convenience store in town, but they might not always have every kind of formula.

I always figured that being my scatterbrained self, it would be just like me to forget to get the needed formula at the grocery store, get home, and have a hungry baby and have to trapse back out for another 20 min. to get it, 20 min, home, etc. It was the same reason I decided to cloth diaper. I knew the convenience store had pkg's of 3 sets of diapers, but not always the size one might need (ie some days they had 2 pkg size 2's and 1 pkg size 1's and no pkg size 4's...) and I figured if my child got diarrhea and I was just about out of diapers, I could always run a load of laundry in the day, but if I had no where to get more dipes (short of getting DH to drive 45 min home from work with some) I was rather stuck.

So yeah, placement made an impact on my decision to feed. But then so does the fact that, as I said, I'm scatterbrained and if I had to remember anything else to go with my kids I'd likely forget my head at home, LOL. I.e. I could honestly see myself forgetting bottles and/or formula at home and having to go back, or constantly buy some while i was out. :-(

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