The only actual supportive help I had was my family, and stragners online. Even the most supportive health professional was unable to support my choice without the obligatory "breast is best, but if you MUST choose formula" spiel.
Supporting ff does not mean not supporting and educating women on bf.
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Purple Lily (05-08-2013)
Another thought.... I'm sure that in some circumstances, formula would be better nutritionally for the child also... I'm thinking....drug addicts and alcoholics....or even a mum who can't pump ebm, but bfs....and has a big night out, for whatever reason...in these situations, im sure it would be the preferred choice!
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I agree. It would be really nice if there was a thread about FF that once in a while didn't include the word pesticides. Who cares if its "fact" (and I say that as there are pesticides and other crap in tons of food we feed our albeit a bit older kids). What purpose does it serve apart from making people feel like ****?
And it's not as though saying it is beneficial as it might "educate" people. VERY few people FF because they want to.
Re education and bf- I do think there needs to be more. I do firmly believe that some mothers go to ff because they are not educated or supported enough to successfully bf- I know because I was one.
Whatever it took to ensure bubs was happy and healthy
I think the education does actually need to be balanced though.
I was totally devastated for years not being able to breastfeed, it really impacted negatively on my life, I end up with severe Post natal anxiety (not only linked to that but it definitely was a part of it). I didn't bond with my baby for months. And the guilt just went on and on.
It is only recently, reading all these studies that are showing that in the scheme of things, breastfed babies and formula fed babies are ending up similar in terms of health and IQ etc, that I have started feeling so much better about it all. But also extremely annoyed that breast milk has been held up as a miracle food all this time, with all the judgement towards formula feeding - when actually it isn't a miracle- it is normal, healthful human food.
Yes brestmilk is awesome - if you can, then at least give it a try. But if you can't, and you "resort" to formula, the studies are showing that there is really no difference between those that were fed breast milk and those that weren't.
And that needs to be spoken of in these education sessions, the ABA needs to say stuff like that. The pressure to breastfeed is enormous, and if you can't or fail, there is so much evidence that shows that PND is common in women who fail to breastfeed, and that just isn't right at all.
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