I don't know
DS's milk is called artificial milk in all the literature on it and that doesn't bother me.
But in certain contexts it is absolutely inflammatory. And I think that if someone has said that it upsets them or offends them then its only polite to not use the term when talking to them. Its unnecessary to call it that in day to day life anyway.
Yep, DS has artificial milk but I think if I called it that instead of 'formula' then people would look at me weirdly. My pharmacist would definitely give me a strange look. They all call it prescription formula when talking to each other (or so I've noticed). Actually I might try that for a laugh next time I happen to mention the 'milk' DS has to someone. I can guarantee they'll look at me like I"m strange.
The chubby rolls on my DD aren't artificial!
I'm not sure I had an artificial birth, from what I recall my son still came out of my body.
Last edited by Purple Lily; 26-07-2012 at 13:09.
When used in the medical/professional fields then I think it's legit and people shouldn't get offended about its use.
If a woman is upset by not being able to bf, and the term 'artificial milk' is greatly disturbing, perhaps the mother needs counselling. Not saying it to be nasty.
By inconsequential I meant that formula feeding doesn't affect bubbas health and someone using the term 'artificial' milk *shouldn't* impact us if we are comfortable and confident with our selves.
Instead of spending time worrying about a word and complaining about how its used how about folks spend that 10-20 minutes saying a quick 'get stuffed' to whoever is using the term in an insulting way... Then doing something for themselves (hot bath, coffee) or their bubba. Dwelling on the use of a word isn't healthy and doesn't change anything.
Honestly? I have more important things to worry about than how other people use a term.
Formula is still milk. Just not breast milk.
But there are many threads on BH that reflect upon something that might not seem earth shattering in the great scheme of things. I like that we can all think about/ debate things, and I like hearing people's perspectives on new things.
I don't retire to my room crying when I hear the term, but I do find it to be PA (on here anyway) and unnecessary - particularly when we don't preface other words with 'artificial' when that might apply (unless usually trying to insult). "Is she blonde?" "No, artificial blonde."
I also love language/ semantics, and can debate the use of words alllllll day long...
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