Why debate?

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Registered: 07-16-2009
Why debate?
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Tue, 11-30-2010 - 12:01pm

OK. I have to say that my beef is not with the FFers or with the BFers, but with the debate itself.

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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Tue, 11-30-2010 - 1:20pm

welcome

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

I hope that your post generates lots of response - it's been very slow here lately. So if you get lots of replies, please consider that a good thing! :smileyvery-happy:

~~So, why are we arguing?~~

Now to your questions - first of all - it's because we like to debate and this subject is important to us.

~~But now, it is pretty close to competitive with breastmilk.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-02-2006
Tue, 11-30-2010 - 2:06pm
rivergreen wrote:

OK. I have to say that my beef is not with the FFers or with the BFers, but with the debate itself.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
Tue, 11-30-2010 - 4:14pm

You would think that having breastfed all three of my children, each for a reasonable length of time, and not ever using formula, that this debate would not be any use to me.

You would be wrong if you thought that.

I have learnt a lot of things, including things that would have helped me more easily overcome the difficulties and hurdles I did experience. Obviously, I did work through those hurdles, but easy access to knowledge would have helped me all those years ago. I've learnt a lot of other useful things too.

Why would it matter at my age? No more children for me? Well, it does matter, because as a more informed person, I am in a better position to offer information to others. I have a daughter and a

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-28-2003
Tue, 11-30-2010 - 4:27pm

Hi River.

Actually formula was produced so that orphans wouldn't starve or have to be fed Karo syrup/Evaporated milk! It continues to be produced so that babies who cannot get breastmilk won't starve, and thank goodness it is, 'cause that should NEVER be an "option".

When my baby was born, I believed that "breast is best" (but formula is just as good) which is utterly inaccurate, as has been pointed out above.

By hanging out on debate boards like this one (where factual claims need to be supported and insults are not tolerated) I learned ever so much more than I ever imagined was available!

So for me, the answer to "why debate" is sharing of knowledge and education!

Back when breastfeeding was normal (getting there again, thank goodness!) people shared their knowledge and doctors had factual knowledge about breast milk instead of the myths, half-truths and outright lies being told about breast milk and/or formula by medical professionals AND lay people.

Until breastfeeding is "normal" again and everyone has access to truthful information, we have to share our info with each other and boards like this one seem ideal.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Tue, 11-30-2010 - 4:56pm

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-28-2003
Tue, 11-30-2010 - 7:48pm

I was raised on Karo syrup/Evaporated milk too and despite my high IQ :smileyhappy: have some health issues that likely would have been ameliorated had I been breast fed.

Of course your mother wasn't a bad mother, anymore than mine was. They both did the best they could with what they had! (bad medical advice in my case)

FAR better than starvation!! :smileywink:

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-2005
Tue, 11-30-2010 - 7:54pm

I'll echo what the others say about education and spreading good information.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Tue, 11-30-2010 - 8:05pm

Back when formula was introduced it was largely because the workforce depended on women getting back to work because the men were in WWII

I'm not sure that is true.

and later it was a sign of affluence to be able to afford formula.

That is very true!

-- at that time formula was pretty dang lousy.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Wed, 12-01-2010 - 12:07am

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-17-2007
Wed, 12-01-2010 - 12:35am

I was a soy formula baby, and I didn't turn out all right either. Let's see, near-fatal staph infection at two weeks, several ear infections, measles and other similar skin-based diseases throughout my first year, and pneumonia with a collapsed lung at 18 months. They were thinking I might have an autoimmune disorder, but they didn't find one. This was followed by all kinds of upper respiratory infections, strep a couple times a year, tonsillitis pretty frequently, colds that turned into bronchitis that lasted for weeks, etc.

If I'd had absolutely no other reason for bf E, I would have done it for the antibodies. In 2.5 years, she has had one ear infection and three or four colds that lasted a few days apiece.




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