Wow. Speculate away. As a volunteer who has seen the unpaid women hours put into supporting mums who want to breastfeed as well as bottlefeeding mums or weaning mums or whatever. As well as the time spent applying for grants. As well as seeing the money myself and many other mums have contributed in membership fees donations and the like i can tell you that the facts are a bit different.
I support all mums regardless of feeding methods but i am pretty shocked at a celebrating formula thread. It doesn't sit well with me as it seems a bit too much like promoting formula feeding. Which is not good. but i do understand the idea of and need for a place for formula feeding mums to chat and get good advice.
Hasn't the hub always jade a section like that?
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I doubt it too. But the issue here is why bubhub has changed the language of a topic section from positive to...decidedly neutral. My fridge magnet is from the ABA.
Generally speaking, those who bottlefeed are not out to lure breastfeeders "over to the dark side", many tried but weren't successful themselve.
The aim was that it was a safe place, where people who bottle fed could talk to each other about the positive things about bottlefeeding, and support each other. If you read through the thread you will see that it is clearly aimed at mums (and dads) who are already bottlefeeding (for whatever reason), with no intent to 'convert' anyone else.
The thread is in the bottlefeeding section, and is a subforum of that. So it is aimed at those who are bottlefeeding.
Also, I would recommend reading through the thread to anyone who is unclear on why parents who bottlefeed might want a thread like that, and why they would be so upset to have it taken away.
There are many subforums on here that have different viewpoints - e.g., pro BF, pro controlled crying, pro circumcision, anti-vaccinating, pro-vaccinating, addiction, terminations, etc.
How we feed our children is a contentious issue, and one over which we all face personal hurdles and struggles. I am happy to celebrate anyone who is feeding their child - be it formula, EBM, or breast milk, and I bet that whichever path someone walks they have faced negativity and could use a boost.
Have you ever seen an ad for formula on this forum?
because I have not.
and I know at the last modcon we discussed this at some length. Bubhub is very proud to be a pro-breastfeeing forum, who does not accept advertising for formula.
They do however, have advertisements for the ABA - and have a lot of community activities and support for groups such as that (not just breastfeeding, but all kinds of non-profit organizations which help women)
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