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No I don't think it's inflammatory- 'artificial breast milk' is what it is, just like artificial sweeteners etc. However I do not use the term generally speaking, as I can see that someone struggling to come to terms with not being able to BF may find it confronting and upsetting. I believe 'breast milk substitute' is probably a better term.
Been pondering it. I don't find the term artificial milk inflammatory, I find it condescending.
I was formula fed as a child and I turned out freaking awesome, so I'm not too worried about DD.
I tried, my option was expressing until her mouth was bigger at 4-6 months. That meant a lot of time hooked up to a pump, time I could have been cuddling her.
What ever you call it, it's kept by DD nourished and alive for 10 months so I won't have anyone knock it.
I haven't read all the responses so I'm not sure if this has been said but...
The ABA uses ABM (Artificial Baby Milk) when they are talking about formula. This is because sometimes the term "formula" can make some people feel like it is superior to breast milk (like it's been specially developed to be better than breast milk). I am a counsellor with ABA and I don't often use the term, not because I thought it would be offensive, but because lots of people don't know what I mean!
And usually people who call the ABA are well-informed enough to know that formula is not used in preference to breastmilk, only when breastmilk can't be supplied.
I know this thread is about calling formula artificial milk , but we are now talking about how women should be allowed more time in hospital to establish feeding, I also believe the ridiculous visiting hours and lack of privacy in hospitals contribute to women having an awful time getting breast feeding going , there is always someone arriving unannounced or the curtain being swished back . Our bodies have been through trauma and we are supposed to perform under lack of privacy and pressure to be the perfect feeding machine. I can see how the term artificial milk can be a kick in the teeth for mums who are already overwhelmed but under the circumstances it's great it is there . We are all doing an amazing job here what ever we have to / decide to feed our children. If men gave birth can you imagine the long day spa like stays , support and recovery they would have in place for themselves ? Ha!
I am not offended by the use of the term Artifical Breastmilk, although I prefer to refer to it as a breastmilk subsitute because that's what it is.
According to some, breastfeeding is for people who can't afford or have trouble accessing formula. Like the "poor mum" substitute lol. I think this is why there is a push to change the perception.
And yet still, no one has answered the questions that has been brought up a few times. If it is ok to call it Artificial milk -is it ok to call a c/section an artificial birth ? And if we did that, how do we honestly think mothers who have had c/sections would react.
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