It's more to do with protective factors reducing minor infections among bf babies. I actually thought the same as you until just now when curiosity prompted me to look it up. It seemed ridiculous that SIDS guidelines would be based on something bordering on insignificant.
Last edited by Atropos; 31-07-2013 at 09:46.
Re the milk donations. I had a look at the page I used to look up, and you were right, there were some that were 4 or 5 litres worth, and some that were 200mls worth, but it is for all over, Newcastle, the hunter, Sydney, Woolongong. And I noticed there were lots of repeat messages saying things like "if anyone can help out (insert name) in (insert hospital) and there were like 4 or 5 repeat messages of the same thing, making it look like she wasn't getting the help?
I really am not sure how anyone with a newborn would have the time to drive around all those areas trying to pick up breast milk. I can understand if you had close relatives or friends lactating, but anything else just seems massive. And that would really only be if you had a straight forward birth, or a helpful partner to drive around? Some people have really traumatic births and awful sickness after - I was not up to sitting up when I got sepsis, let alone driving around looking for donor milk.
I can understand for some it may be the best choice, for some others, it just isn
t viable either.
Re the what happens if you get stuck in a car or on a flooded roof comment. So even those who use donor milk would be screwed. Hmmm. Some people just really can't breastfeed, whatever you may think about it
We know there are so many things that may cause SIDS, if you were breastfeeding a baby and smoking in the house, your baby would still be at a massive risk.
Some people do everything right and their baby stills dies. They just don't know enough about SIDs to definitively say one way or another, we know that things lower the risk sure, and we all try and do what we can. I just find the whole thing strange that some people (and I'm not talking about you specifically Atropos!) are so pro breastmilk, that they actually think it is like a magic fluid that will save their baby from SIDs, Diseases, being overweight and higher IQs. The studies are showing that this just isn't the case.
Sure breastmilk is normal. But if for some reason you can't or won't, your baby is not going to end up fat, stupid and sick - unless it is in your genes. There is nothing we can do about our genes - but they play a far bigger part in how someone is going to turn out compared with breastfeeding or bottle feeding.
Look, I think formula is s perfectly acceptable way to feed- I think all this discussion highlights is that no one in any side of the fence would object to formula being better, with full disclosure of ingredients, any associated risk factors etc and then on the flip side, for donor BM to be adequately screened, pasteurized, readily available on a who-needs-it-most basis and affordable.
So... How do we make it happen?
If I couldn't have breastfed and I had a sister who was then I would have done the 'wet nurse' thing and topped up with formula. If I had no sister in that position then formula would have been the option. I hate that some mother's feel bad about formula feeding. Baby is being fed and thriving? Then that's all that matters. Mum's have it tough enough as it is. They don't need any more added to their load!
Formula without a doubt. With formula I know what minerals and vitamins they have in it. But with donar milk I wouldn't know what they eat or whats in it. Plus formula is easy to store and easily accessible.
I have no doubt that the milk from a mother I know might be a better source than formula, but I'm still not sure how you'd approach that conversation, or just how convenient it would be. Yes, my life is about convenience sometimes! Of course, I wouldn't feed her something that was bad for her but we have to look at our overall situation, not just what type of milk to use. If it was that simple most people would probably chose breastmilk, their own breastmilk at that, but there are other factors that come into play.
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