Is there really a debate? The facts are in...Breastfeeding is best

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Is there really a debate? The facts are in...Breastfeeding is best
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Wed, 12-01-2010 - 10:48am

Debating this issue seems ridiculous to me.

Crystal... First birth emergency cesarean after a cascade of typical ridiculous interventions, 2 hospital VBACs, and 1 home birth water VBAC.

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Registered: 10-22-2009

BF/BM

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Registered: 06-14-1999

That seems a little judgemental to me.

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Registered: 07-11-2006

Welcome, Crystal!

It isn't a matter of which is better, that part is a no brainer.

Very true.

The only issue surrounding this really, is whether or not the mom chooses to be selfish or be pushed by those around her, or choose what is best for her baby.

I think you are gonna take some heat for that one.

The fact of the matter is, they will never create a formula that is even close to breastmilk.

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Registered: 07-11-2006

Welcome, Skystrider!

I think bfing should continue as long as both parties are agreeable and comfortable with it, but that goes both ways.

Me, too.

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Registered: 10-01-2010

welcome

Welcome to the debate board Rippling Rivers. It's wonderful to see you posting here and I hope that you will stick around and post more often.

You have some strong opinions - which are aways welcome, because they help create debate and keep it moving!

However, I do think there is more to this debate than which substance is better and if mom is selfish. Not all moms have a choice, not all moms get the support and knowledge they need to continue with their first choice.

We also talk about how free gifts of formula do or do not undermine a mom's BFing - how long is too long to BF, or too short - breastfeeding in public - mother's needs vs baby's needs - happy mom vs baby - are the studies really showing a difference - does just one bottle really make a difference - is BFing after 6 months as important as before - do drs and other medical professionals have accurate information to help new moms - just a sample of some of the things we talk about here!

I hope that you will stick around and join in!

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Registered: 10-01-2010
greatfulmomnwife wrote:

BF/BM

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Registered: 10-01-2010

welcome

Welcome to the debate board SkyStrider! It's wonderful to see you posting here and I hope that you will stick around and post more often.

It does seem an extreme opinion - not leaving any room for mom's current situation. It would be wonderful if all moms that could BF, were supported in their first choice to BF - but I do believe that there are many more reasons as to why a mom might not BF or continue to BF than selfishness.

~~It wasn't always easy to do, but it was important to me and it was what I wanted so I made it work. ~~

That's how I felt - I was not a "happy mom" when I was FFing my first - or when I was BFing my 2nd and 3rd child. But I knew what I was doing was important to me and my child so I found a way to continue. Even when there were days I had to use my Lamaze breathing and counting to 10 to help me get thru a nursing session.

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Registered: 10-22-2009
Perhaps they could research.....if they really did not know...

I cannot speak for all mothers and babies
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Registered: 08-27-2007

Never.

              *Praying for my best friend, my Dad*


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Registered: 08-27-2007

Which mothers is breastfeeding not best for?

Mothers with no breasts.

Mothers who are undergoing cancer treatments

Mothers who have IBT

Mothers whom have been sexually abused (not all. But it is a legit reason).

Which babies is breast milk not best for?

Infants who require specialized formulas for enzyme issues

Infants who have malabsoprtion issues.

Infants who require additional fat due to congenital issues

Infants on TPN.

There ARE infants who BM is not the best choice.

*PKU is managed in some with a mixture of BM and supplements.

              *Praying for my best friend, my Dad*


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