OP was sharing a scientific study, stop being so precious! We all know some people can't breastfeed, some cant have natural births, some cant get pregnant without assistance, some feed purée to their children. So what? It doesn't mean we shut the door on the other half. Just don't read it if you aren't interested!
I can't believe these informative, important threads get such negative responses.
It's located in the 'Breastfeeding' forum, it's clearly titled, what more can OP do?
I formula feed as well as a bit of breast and I don't find this offensive. OP had posted a link to research in the breastfeeding section. If u don't like it, stay away from this section. It's not a dig and formula feeding mums.
I would love to have access to donor milk. It's a great idea.
Also this refers to prem babies who are at increased risk of necrotising enterocolitis. Clearly, this is about providing donor milk to prem babies, not about convincing mums of otherwise healthy babies not to formula feed.
So what does it actually 'mean', how does it harm them? (I had trouble viewing link
I don't really understand the bad attitude when it comes to sharing things like this.
If I was to hear that anything I was personally giving my child wasn't the best for them, or had the potential to cause harm I would want to bloody know about it! It's still my choice at the end of the day to weigh up the risks and pick what I feel is best for my children, but living in an ignorant bubble and attacking anyone who shares information with you doesn't help anyone.
Do we get offended every time there is a product recall on baby food? Do people really think that this information is shared to make parents feel bad? How are we supposed to navigate all of the possible choices without information?
We know that premature babies who are not fed breastmilk are at a higher risk of developing NEC, which can be fatal, and is always serious. What this study helps us understand is why.
I think the conclusion the researchers come to, that we need better formula, is only one way of looking at the problem. The other solution is to help more babies get access to breastmilk.
I think the ruptured cells in the picture are illustrative of the fact that although breastmilk substitutes may look like breastmilk, they don't function like breastmilk. I see this as further evidence that women who want to breastfeed need to be supported to do so.
And on the subject of home-made formula; I absolutely condemn the use of unresearched and potentially dangerous concoctions on babies. The recipes I have seen for these substitues, made from carrot juice and goat milk and random additives, have been advised by 'nutritionists' with no real qualifications whatsoever and might well be fatal to a baby. The sodium and potassium contents of animal milks are vastly different and human babies do not have the ability to process them.
All posters please note: this is posted in the breast feeding section of the forum. It is not intended as an attack on those who could not or chose not to breast feed for any reason.
All posts that are in any way negative, or that try and guilt others into feeling bad will BE DELETED. it is very clear this thread was not intended to make others feel bad, but to share information that has recently come to light about the benefits of breastfeeding.
I have left all prior posts because the responses I felt were beneficial and educational to the thread and those who read it.
Again, this is a very clear warning: this is the BREASTFEEDING section of the forum. Please do not post purely because you feel insulted that formula feeding has not been regarded in a 100% positive light.
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