Which of these also be said about Formula?

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Which of these also be said about Formula?
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Fri, 01-04-2013 - 7:15pm

100 Awesome Things About Breastfeeding That You Don't Find In Studies

1.  Looking in your babies eyes.
2.  Holding your sweet little one.
3.  Getting a BREAK to sit down with a super good excuse.
4.  Makes you feel relaxed.
5.  It really is easier in the long run.
6.  Even after a busy, crazy, day with a baby and a bunch of other kids, you can look back and know that you held your baby a few times that day.
7.  Getting an extra hour of sleep after the morning wake up when you nurse them back to sleep.
8.  Being the person who feeds your baby skin to skin is a good feeling.  It is like you and only you fed somebody and helped them grow.  Amazing.
9.  You know when you are nursing a baby that you were productive that day even if the dishes need doing.
10.  It magically makes them stay babies.  For real.
11.  Babies and toddlers are quiet when they nurse.
12.  Fixing sadness.
13.  Portable.
14.  I wouldn’t recommend camping with kids.  But if you do choose such a thing, nursing makes it easier.
15.  No runs to the store.
16.  Breasts are easy to clean, and don’t usually need to be sanitized. (I am just kidding.  I never sanitize mine.)
17.  La Leche League- cool ladies, great friends.
18.  It just makes sense.

19.  Sneaking out of church to go to the mother’s room where it is quiet, you can hear the speaker, and hubby gets to sit with the kids!  Many a relaxing break in the nursing room…
20.  On the other hand, you can easily nurse in the middle of church so you don’t distract all the other kids that would want to follow you out!
21.  No getting up to prep anything in the middle of the night- it is a self-serve system!
22.  Lactating breasts are like a free pharmacy for the whole family!  Ear infection, gooey eye, runny nose- NO PROBLEM!  A little milk can fix it up.
23.  Unoffensive poo.
24.  Liquid diet for sickies means they still get nourishment when they are sick.
25.  Milk sharing.  It just makes a mama feel like she is helping someone when she can share milk with a friend who really needs it for their baby.
26.  One less thing to buy.
27.  Seems to magically calm the whole house.
28.  Helps you sit and reconnect with the other kids.
29.  Gives you time to read a little (before they are grabby) which is just so NICE when you are a busy mom.
30.  A meal that requires NO DISHES!!!!
31.  A meal that requires no preparation!
32.  A meal that requires no shopping!
33.  One less thing in the diaper bag.
34.  Happy baby on the plane!  Just nurse them and they don’t scream.
35.  Less hassle when they frisk you in security when you are getting ON the plane.

36.  MONEY- it is saved.
37.  No plastic.
38.  The little games they play that only you see while they nurse.
39.  Sweet nursing noises.  Nothing like a slurping baby.
40.  Getting thin faster.
41.  Of course, there is also the added bonus of being able to say, “I’m nursing, I need the extra calories,” as you mainline donuts.  Though admittedly, this may interfere with 40.
42.  Firm breasts for a few months again!  It is like being a teenager all over!
43.  Perspective.  It teaches you what your body is capable of and how little some of the sag matters.
44.  Milk drunk babies.
45.  Milky drool.  Cute.
46.  Sleepy milky smiles.
47.  Putting a baby to sleep with your body is really pretty special.
48.  Legal protection to nurse most anywhere.
49.  It pisses off Barbra Walters.
50.  Such HEALTHY babies!  The nursing baby is the healthiest person in the house.
51.  Toddler calmer.
52.  You can travel light!  Baby, mama, diaper- GO!
52.  Sisterhood.
53.  It is fabulous to do something for your baby that nobody else can do.
54.  Feeling fabulous about something after you just had a baby can be a big bonus when your hormones are going wacko.
55.  Breastfeeding can help heal a birth that didn’t go as you planned.

56.  NO AUNT FLOW!!!!!!!!!
57.  A quiet phone call (while they nurse.)
58.  Makes you love them more.
59.  Slows you down for a minute.
60.  Gives you a chance to cuddle with a toddler, either one you are nursing or one who is no longer the baby and needs somebody warm to sit with.
61.  Getting away with public nudity.  Come on, you know it is fun.  (I’m just kidding!  It isn’t sexual.)
62. Oxytocin.
63.  Builds confidence.
64.  Hello- you grew a baby- and now you are feeding one!
65.  Bonding.
66.  Night feedings don’t get much easier than rolling over.
67. Never forget a snack.
68.  It is nice to be somebodies favorite person for a while.
69.  The original COMFORT food.
70.  Guilt free comfort food.
71.  At the end of the day, after all the mistakes, I know at least I did one thing right.
72.  Teaches you about your baby.
73.  Gives you your first chance to teach your baby and work together towards a common goal.
74.  Builds a relationship without words.
75.  Strangely makes me feel like a feminist.
76.  Feels very feminine also.

77.  Snuggles.
78.  A little person who loves you and doesn’t see chub or fluff, they just see a warm, soft, pillow.
79.  Memories for later.
80.  No leftovers.
82.  No waste.
83.  Self satisfaction of knowing you did your part to save the ozone.
84.  Nursing- always a good answer!
85.  All of a sudden, breasts are multipurpose!
86.  Self regulating.
87.  It is just cool when your milk lets down and then the baby wakes up.  Being totally in sync with another human is amazing.
88.  Increases and decreases as needed.
89.  Healthier mama.
90.  Happier mama.
91.  Sleep-feeding.
92.  Being needed.
93.  Needing somebody else.
94.  Dad can do so many things I can’t do, it is nice to have something that I can do special for the kids.
95.  Breastfed baby smell.
96.  Breastfed baby skin.

97.  I might not look that good in tights, but making milk is a superpower!
98.  Chatting with moms about nursing- it just is awesome to be able to share and learn and teach each other.
99.  Sometimes you just need a good reason to buy a new bra.
100. LOVE

Read: http://www.mothering.com/community/a/100-awesome-things-about-breastfeeding-that-you-dont-find-in-studies

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 01-07-2013 - 11:36am

Thanks for going thru the entire list and sharing your thoughts Jessica!

It's been too many years for me to fairly go thru the list, since my oldest is 38 now (Yikes!) - but even after all this time, I could see that there were things that were just as true when using formula - if not more true for some.

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Registered: 03-16-2010
Sun, 01-06-2013 - 2:40pm

(I tried to quote the list to comment on each one and comment in a different color, but I can't do either of those things.  Frustrating.)

My perspective, having formula fed (mostly) one kid and breastfed (mostly) the other, is listed in parentheses. Basically I think many are equally true for formula and some are even more true for formula, for me.

1.  Looking in your babies eyes.  (More true of formula than breastfeeding for me.)

2.  Holding your sweet little one.  (Equally true for both.)

3.  Getting a BREAK to sit down with a super good excuse. (True for both, though with breastfeeding the sit-down sessions were longer.  Sometimes that was nice, sometimes not.)

4.  Makes you feel relaxed. (Not true for either, for me).

5.  It really is easier in the long run.  (WAY more true for formula, for me.)

6.  Even after a busy, crazy, day with a baby and a bunch of other kids, you can look back and know that you held your baby a few times that day. (Equally true for both).

7.  Getting an extra hour of sleep after the morning wake up when you nurse them back to sleep.  (Not true for either, for me.)

8.  Being the person who feeds your baby skin to skin is a good feeling.  (Sometimes true for breastfeeding, though sometimes this was a bad feeling.)

9.  It is like you and only you fed somebody and helped them grow.  Amazing.  (For breastfeeding, I think this feeling was mildly good for me, not amazing.)

9.  You know when you are nursing a baby that you were productive that day even if the dishes need doing.  (I guess it's more true of breastfeeding in that you're actually "producing" something, but I guess I didn't feel that way, particularly.  I felt equally productive however I took care of the baby.)

10.  It magically makes them stay babies.  For real.  (Equally true of formula feeding or breastfeeding for me, but I didn't do either past the baby stage.)

11.  Babies and toddlers are quiet when they nurse.  (Equally true of formula, for me, with the caveat that I didn't do either with toddlers.)

12.  Fixing sadness. (More true of breastfeeding, I guess, because I wouldn't just stick a bottle in my kid's mouth to stop her from crying, and I did do that with breastfeeding.  Though my breastfed baby did cry a lot more often than my formula-fed one.)

13.  Portable.  (Very portable if baby's WITH mom, very non-portable if mom needs to or wants to be away from baby.)

14.  I wouldn’t recommend camping with kids.  But if you do choose such a thing, nursing makes it easier.  (Breastfeeding wins on this 100%, though I'd never camp with a baby.)

15.  No runs to the store.  (Equally true of formula and breastfeeding for me.  If you sum up the number of trips for nursing bras, nursing tanks, nursing pillows, nursing pads, pump, and replacement pump parts, it took at least as much time as the trips to Costco for formula.)

16.  Breasts are easy to clean, and don’t usually need to be sanitized. (I am just kidding.  I never sanitize mine.)  (Breastfeeding wins on this front, though of course pump parts/bottles do require cleaning.  I'll disregard the medications for recurrent thrush that I was often putting on and rinsing off.).

17.  La Leche League- cool ladies, great friends.  (Breastfeeding wins on this front.)

18.  It just makes sense.  (I found this equally true for both; breastfeeding made sense for one of my children and formula made sense for the other.  Once I went back to work, though, and started struggling with pumping, I think formula would have made more sense in many ways.)

19.  Sneaking out of church to go to the mother’s room where it is quiet, you can hear the speaker, and hubby gets to sit with the kids!  Many a relaxing break in the nursing room.  (Not applicable to me.)

20.  On the other hand, you can easily nurse in the middle of church so you don’t distract all the other kids that would want to follow you out!  (Not applicable to me.)

21.  No getting up to prep anything in the middle of the night- it is a self-serve system!  (True of breastfeeding but not formula.)

22.  Lactating breasts are like a free pharmacy for the whole family!  Ear infection, gooey eye, runny nose- NO PROBLEM!  A little milk can fix it up.  (I did not do this.)

23.  Unoffensive poo.  (More true of breastfeeding until solids are introduced.)

24.  Liquid diet for sickies means they still get nourishment when they are sick.  (Equally true of formula/breastfeeding at least for babies.)

25.  Milk sharing.  It just makes a mama feel like she is helping someone when she can share milk with a friend who really needs it for their baby.  (I did not do this and honestly probably would not, though I could see how it would feel good for others.)

26.  One less thing to buy.  (More true of breastfeeding than formula feeders, though for pumping moms and/or moms with lactation issues, there can still be a fair amount to buy.)

27.  Seems to magically calm the whole house.  (Not true of either, for me.)

28.  Helps you sit and reconnect with the other kids.  (I did not find this to be true of breastfeeding my 2nd; on the contrary, my first resented the massive quantities of time I spent breastfeeding my 2nd).

29.  Gives you time to read a little (before they are grabby) which is just so NICE when you are a busy mom.  (Replace "read" with "watch marathon-style television," and I give a massive advantage to breastfeeding.)

30.  A meal that requires NO DISHES!!!!  (More true of breastfeeding, as long as pumping's not involved.)

31.  A meal that requires no preparation!  (More true of breastfeeding, as long as pumping's not involved.)

32.  A meal that requires no shopping!  (More true of breastfeeding, though if you stock up on formula for months at a time, the shopping is minimal.)

33.  One less thing in the diaper bag.  (More true of breastfeeding.)

34.  Happy baby on the plane!  Just nurse them and they don’t scream.  (Never nursed or bottle fed on a plane, but probably more true of breastfeeding.)

35.  Less hassle when they frisk you in security when you are getting ON the plane.  (Probably true unless you have pumped milk.)

36.  MONEY- it is saved.  (More true of breastfeeding).

37.  No plastic.  (Not true for either for me, because I had to have pump parts and bottles.)

38.  The little games they play that only you see while they nurse.  (Equally true for either).

39.  Sweet nursing noises.  Nothing like a slurping baby.  (Equally true for either.)

40.  Getting thin faster.  (Bwahahah.  Not true for either.  Slightly worse for me when breastfeeding, because I ate Oreos to pass the time during my permalatch sessions and justified it by the fact that I was burning calories breastfeeding.)

41.  Of course, there is also the added bonus of being able to say, “I’m nursing, I need the extra calories,” as you mainline donuts.  Though admittedly, this may interfere with 40.  (Yeah.  See above.)

42.  Firm breasts for a few months again!  It is like being a teenager all over!  (More true of breastfeeding, I guess, but I HATED the changes in my breasts during breastfeeding.)

43.  Perspective.  It teaches you what your body is capable of and how little some of the sag matters.  (More true of breastfeeding). 

44.  Milk drunk babies.  (Equally true for either, I guess.)

45.  Milky drool.  Cute. (Equally true for either).

46.  Sleepy milky smiles. (Equally true for either).

47.  Putting a baby to sleep with your body is really pretty special.  (More true of breastfeeding.)

48.  Legal protection to nurse most anywhere.  (Equally true of both, I guess, though I think the advantage is to formula, where you're less likely to be questioned.)

49.  It pisses off Barbra Walters.  (More true of breastfeeding, apparently.)

50.  Such HEALTHY babies!  The nursing baby is the healthiest person in the house.  (Not my experience, but ok.)

51.  Toddler calmer.  (Can't comment.)

52.  You can travel light!  Baby, mama, diaper- GO!  (More true of breastfeeding if you're with the baby, more true of formula if you're away from the baby (Mama-GO! vs. "Mama, pump, horns, connectors, bottles, ice pack, plan for when and where to pump-GO!")).

52.  Sisterhood.  (Not something I felt with either.)

53.  It is fabulous to do something for your baby that nobody else can do.  (I feel like these are getting kind of repetitive.)

54.  Feeling fabulous about something after you just had a baby can be a big bonus when your hormones are going wacko.  (For me, breastfeeding made me feel awful, so I'm going to give the advantage to formula here.)

55.  Breastfeeding can help heal a birth that didn’t go as you planned. (I guess so; not my experience.)

56.  NO AUNT FLOW!!!!!!!!!  (More true of breastfeeding).

57.  A quiet phone call (while they nurse.) (More true of breastfeeding, if you have an inefficient nurser at least, as I did).

58.  Makes you love them more.  (Not true of breastfeeding for me, at all.)

59.  Slows you down for a minute.  (More true of breastfeeding if you have an inefficient nurser.)

60.  Gives you a chance to cuddle with a toddler, either one you are nursing or one who is no longer the baby and needs somebody warm to sit with.  (I didn't nurse a toddler, though my toddlers are quite easy to cuddle with if I offer to read them a book.)

61.  Getting away with public nudity.  Come on, you know it is fun.  (I’m just kidding!  It isn’t sexual.)  (I hate public nudity, so this is not an advantage of breastfeeding for me.)

62. Oxytocin.  (More true of breastfeeding, though I never experienced noticeable effects.)

63.  Builds confidence.  (More true of breastfeeding, with the caveat that failing at breastfeeding destroyed my confidence much more than choosing to formula feed would have.)

64.  Hello- you grew a baby- and now you are feeding one!  (Again, these seem to be getting repetitive.)

65.  Bonding.  (Equally true of either.)

66.  Night feedings don’t get much easier than rolling over.  (I never liked doing this; I always got up and sat in a chair.  Maybe because I liked to watch tv.)

67. Never forget a snack.  (I don't 100% understand this one, but maybe it's a variation on the don't-have-to-put-something-else-in-the-diaper-bag one).

68.  It is nice to be somebodies favorite person for a while.  (More true of breastfeeding unless the mom is the only/main one who bottle feeds).

69.  The original COMFORT food.  (More true of breastfeeding because it can be done for comfort even when there's little or no eating.).

70.  Guilt free comfort food.  (More true of breastfeeding, in our current culture.)

71.  At the end of the day, after all the mistakes, I know at least I did one thing right.  (I don't know what to say about this one, but I find it annoying.)

72.  Teaches you about your baby.  (Equally true for both.)

73.  Gives you your first chance to teach your baby and work together towards a common goal.  (More true of breastfeeding.)

74.  Builds a relationship without words.  (Equally true of either).

75.  Strangely makes me feel like a feminist.  (I always feel like a feminist.)

76.  Feels very feminine also.  (More true of breastfeeding.)

77.  Snuggles.  (Equally true of either).

78.  A little person who loves you and doesn’t see chub or fluff, they just see a warm, soft, pillow.  (Equally true of either).

79.  Memories for later.  (Equally true of either.)

80.  No leftovers.  (More true of breastfeeding.)

82.  No waste.  (More true of breastfeeding, though if there is waste of pumped milk (freezer failure, unfinished bottles, it is WAY worse than wasting formula)).

83.  Self satisfaction of knowing you did your part to save the ozone.  (More true of breastfeeding).

84.  Nursing- always a good answer!  (I'm not sure what to say about this one.  Nursing is an answer to more things than bottles.)

85.  All of a sudden, breasts are multipurpose!  (More true of breastfeeding.)

86.  Self regulating. (More true of breastfeeding).

87.  It is just cool when your milk lets down and then the baby wakes up.  Being totally in sync with another human is amazing.  (I never experienced this, at least not noticeably.)

88.  Increases and decreases as needed.  (More true of breastfeeding.)

89.  Healthier mama.  (Probably more true of breastfeeding.)

90.  Happier mama.  (Bwahaha!  No.  More true of formula for me.)

91.  Sleep-feeding.  (Applicable to neither, for me.)

92.  Being needed.  (Equally true of both, sort of; to the extent that I was personally needed more for breastfeeding, it was something I disliked, not something good.)

93.  Needing somebody else.  (This was something I disliked about breastfeeding.)

94.  Dad can do so many things I can’t do, it is nice to have something that I can do special for the kids. (I don't get this statement.  There aren't all that many things Dad can do that I can't do; and even if there are a few, there are things other than nursing that I can do that he can't.)

95.  Breastfed baby smell.  (Marginally more true of breastfed babies, though there was little difference.)

96.  Breastfed baby skin.  (I observed no difference.)

97.  I might not look that good in tights, but making milk is a superpower!  (No, it's a normal mammalian function.)

98.  Chatting with moms about nursing- it just is awesome to be able to share and learn and teach each other.  (More true of breastfeeding; might be somewhat true of formula feeding in some social circles.)

99.  Sometimes you just need a good reason to buy a new bra.  (More true of breastfeeding, but not a good thing.  Nursing bra shopping in large sizes is not fun.)

100. LOVE  (Equally true of both, and I'm annoyed at the suggestion that it's not.)

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Fri, 01-04-2013 - 11:04pm

<<I think most of these things would apply to formula too - you can still hold your baby, look into her eyes, love your baby, take a break, go to the Mother's room at church, etc.  >>

That's what I was thinking - some are not exclusive to breastfeeding - but for caring for a baby, no matter how you feed.

<<And why on earth would anyone want to piss off Barbra Walters?   >>

That comment was probably related to this:

Barbara Walters slams breastfeeding in plain view

     Barbara Walters raised outrage across the continent recently when she told the audience of her show "The View" that sitting next to a breastfeeding mother on an airplane made her nervous. One would think that a woman who has interviewed the likes of Richard Nixon and Saddam Hussein would have a higher threshold of discomfort.

http://www.infactcanada.ca/Newsletter_Spring_Summer05_Pg05.htm

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Registered: 01-04-2002
Fri, 01-04-2013 - 8:47pm

I think most of these things would apply to formula too - you can still hold your baby, look into her eyes, love your baby, take a break, go to the Mother's room at church, etc.  And when I breastfed it was not easier than formula - I didn't find night feedings all that difficult with the formula at all.  When I breastfed I did spend a lot of money - on nursing bras, on a breast pump, etc.  I got AF back pretty quickly too (which was disappointing!) and I didn't lose weight.  It's a cute list but - really?  And why on earth would anyone want to piss off Barbra Walters?