I think that unless in studies everything, I mean EVERYTHING is done 100% the same way, you can't believe it really.
Home life (not bf vs ff) has a huge impact on the way child grow and learn. I'm sure a lot of the smart asian people out there don't thank their mums for their choice in food for making them smart. It's all the hours study and extra curriculum they do. Children who are brought up in abusive homes don't wish they were breast fed so they become smart. They are grateful to have been fed for that day.
Even with no abuse if two households parent slightly different it could have a huge impact on the kids future. Blah
I'm not going to not say how I feel as I've said it in the right area. Holly's thread is for BF to celebrate and I'm okay with that. This thread is for formula feeders to pick apart the research if they see fit. I'm not even sure why there's an issue. Can't we just stick to our own sections?
Last edited by A-Squared; 20-03-2015 at 10:07.
I just thought I'd point out that according to the study the benefit of bf starts to decline after predominantly bf for more than 4 months. So, according to the study, exclusively bf for the first 6 months actually has a worse effect than bf for 4 months then stopping (not exactly in line with the breast is best campaign). Of course these are all tiny differences and there are lots of other factors need to be taken into account (like the quality of drinking water in Brazil 30 years ago), so I wouldn't get too worried about a study like this.
Last edited by Meg2; 20-03-2015 at 11:34.
I'm another one who, 8 years ago, would have been devastated by seeing this, despite knowing that formula kept my baby alive. There's still a few pangs there when I think of it, but my awesome DD is smarter than 99% of her classmates so I know it doesn't apply to us. I really feel for those still going through it though.
CitrusRain, however 3 years ago this was not the case. I get where you're coming from but telling me 3 years ago that I didn't "have" to feel like that would not have helped me at all - it is too simplistic. This issue has so many layers of complexities in human emotion that we just need to validate both sides. Because still here now in the pro bottle section women are being told to not feel guilty, any choice is ok - it is not as simple as someone telling you that. And women in the pro bf section are being made to feel they can't celebrate, this is not right either. This article being posted here should not inconvenience a person who is celebrating their bf journey just as it being posted in the pro bf section should not be seen as a sleight to those that can't or havent bf. Both parties need a place - and telling either group how or what they should, feel, do or behave only ignites the sense of feeling misunderstood. Just as pro bf are entitled to celebrate this article so too are bottle feeders allowed to feel they way they do. Sorry this is not directed at you - but the dialogue around this issue in general.
I just want to add - because this needs to be noted to members that weren't here before or around 2012 that the fierceness with which bottle feeders were put down or told that their children wouldnt have shiny hair, their brains wouldnt develop properly, that they wouldnt bond with their child, that my child has eczema because of bottle feeding, these are a catalyst for many of the emotions you probably see now amongst some members today. I was a person that went head to head alongside posters like @girlX, @kw123 and @delerium and others in standing up to some very emotively charged and below the belt attacks on bottle feeding. Things have changed around here in regards to this issue and there is so much more support. It was not always like this.
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