Should we ignore dangerous breastfeeding advice?

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Should we ignore dangerous breastfeeding advice?
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Sat, 04-06-2013 - 10:45am

On the Weston Price website, they state:

“…the diet of modern American women is so appalling, and their preparation for successful breastfeeding so lacking, that their breast milk provides no better nourishment for their infants than factory-made formula.”

They only cite a handful of studies that they feel supports their stance on this.  They also talk negatively about the La Leche League.

One of their chapter leaders and board members, Sarah Pope, of The Healthy Home Economist, gave a presentation on breastfeeding:

“Is Breast Really Always Best?”

“Breastfeeding is critical for baby’s health, but only if the mother is eating a nutrient-dense diet. Learn how to eat for your baby’s optimal health, and what to do if you can’t breastfeed.”

Read more: http://unlatched.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/the-weston-a-price-foundations-dangerous-breastfeeding-advice-should-not-be-ignored/

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-01-2002
Mon, 04-08-2013 - 11:04am

Interesting topic, Witch Power.  Requiring mom to consume only whole foods is very demanding. It's difficult to discuss breastfeeding in terms of absolutes.  Obviously, consuming whole, organic foods is an ideal.  No alcohol, caffeine, McDonalds are also an ideal.  If there's some benefit to breastmilk, then there's also benefit to a mom who has good habits such as sleeping and grabbing an occasional fast food meal, if only for sanity's sake.  Whole, organic foods are more expensive.  And, where I live at least, require shopping at different stores.  To burden the breastfeeding mom with too many requirements may be unrealistic.  I think if mom keeps away from alcohol, cigarettes, etc, then the breastmilk should be a first choice; formula a close second choice.