Can people take their rant about formula being just as good out of a breastfeeding thread?
Michelle, I know someone already mentioned cognitive benefits but I'm not sure psychological benefits have had a mention yet. Breastfeeding is about more than just breast milk. It is also about the comfort received by being cuddled so close to the heart. Nutrition aside (those benefits are many but I think that's already been covered) Breastfeeding also feeds the soul.
I'll address bottle feeding now rather than wait, as I see this thread is detailing a bit. Yes of course exclusive pumpers or formula feeders can provide the same closeness. In fact just today I saw a young baby being given a bottle while in a baby carrier right up on mums chest. Lovely. But I guess its tempting to give the bottle while bub is in the pram or the cot or the high chair, especially as that may leave you a free hand (and what busy mum doesn't need that?) and when bub is older they may hold their own bottle and not even need mum near. Now I understand there are benefits to this, but what I'm saying is Breastfeeding effectively forces the mother and child to have frequent close cuddles and that provides a psychological benefit to them both.
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Thank you ladies that actually gave me the information I asked for!
I was not intending this thread to be about breast vs bottle. I simply wanted to understand the WHO guidelines for breast feeding to two years of age and wondering if that was relevant for countries that were as abundant in foods/clean water.
If I wanted a thread about breast vs bottle I would have titled it that way!
Yes I feel for women that feel guilty or judged by FF. I was one of those that went to FF early with DS2 because I was told by 'professionals' that he wasn't gaining enough so I needed to FF so I am not trying to dis anyone as I understand how it feels.
I just wanted to understand the WHO guidelines as I know we have very knowledge women here who understand about all that....but if course the thread gets derailed!
Please stay on topic!
Last edited by FluffyDucks; 27-01-2012 at 06:25.
Same mopoke - had I been surveyed if jasper had been EXCLUSIVELY breast fed until 6 months my answer would have been no as he had had
The occasional bottle. Like less than 5 bottles in total.
Never mind he was demand breast fed until 2 years & still fed more or less on demand at home until 3 years. At 6 months he wouldn't have been classed as being 'exclusively breast fed'.
So I'm suspicious of exactly what those statistics indicate.
Boobychino. I was upset to realize that exclusively breastfed meant no dummies, no thumbs, no emb, no solids. So I guess dd stopped being exclusively bf at 2 days when scn gave her a dummy with our permission, than ebm when I needed a pet scan at 8 weeks than when I returned to work and when I stated solids at 17weeks.
Never mind she was fed on demand either breast or ebm until she self weaned at 14months and despite having cows milk with cereal at that time bm was still her main source of milk
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