I don't know
I've never heard it either, I saw a lactation consultant for 3 months, I was on the phone to ABA almost every day, with the first bubs. I had top up formula for the twins because I was expressing but not enough was coming out.
The only place I have ever heard it is here, and it is almost always used as a put down or dig.
ABM as a term is used in the Mater childrens ED and Paed ICU here in bris. I was there last week and was asked how my child was fed - breastmilk or ABM.
When both my girls were born on discharge I was asked how the were being fed the same way.
The only time I've heard it (apart from bh) was when my midwife visited me when DD was 5 days old. She took one look at me and DD and said "ok we need to get some artificial stuff". I was hugely relieved to get the ok to give my baby some food, instead of her wasting away, too hungry and dehydrated to even bother latching onto my empty breasts. All she could manage was a weak cry from her dry flaky lips. to this day the word "artificial" used in the context of feeding babies takes me right back to that moment, and the most awful awful feeling I have ever had - of not providing food for my beautiful child, and not knowing what to do because I had had "you must only breast feed" drummed into me for months.
And if there's a highly processed food that resembles little to the original product I would call it artificial or really just crap. If a tomato sauce is really some goo with loads of flavouring etc then it is artificial tomato sauce... If the ingredients are not tomato, salt, sugar, and vinegar and some spices then I wouldn't call it tomato sauce!
Last edited by jake's mum; 26-07-2012 at 21:06.
I think the point girlX is making is that no one really calls it artificial tomato sauce. Nor as has been said, artificial birth.
I don't think anyone is saying it isn't artificial compared to bm, just the motives and connotations of when it is used.
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