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    Default Interesting clarification on PND research and formula feeding

    http://www.fearlessformulafeeder.com...few-headlines/

    I found this very enlightening. PND isn't caused by formula, it's increased by using formula after wanting to bf. So it isn't biological it's environmental, and imo caused by the ridiculous pressure to bf and the notion that the only way to be a good mother is to bf.

    I can personally identify with this. I ended up with mild PND bc I was so crushed I couldn't bf.



    In other words, women who wanted to breastfeed and did = low risk of PPD. Women who wanted to breastfeed and couldn’t = high risk of PPD. The researchers stress “providing compassionate support for women who had intended to breastfeed but…found themselves unable to”.
    This does not prove that breastfeeding cuts depression risk. It proves that women who had a goal and met it tend to have lower rates of depression. It does not prove that there is a biological reason that breastfeeding may be protective against depression. That may indeed be the case, but then the depression risk would have been similarly high in women who never intended to breastfeed.


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    Wow. Thank you for this.

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    I saw this on FB too. Can utterly relate.

    Nothing can quite compare to how **** you feel when people make you feel you're not doing the best thing for your tiny baby.

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    Yet another reason mums need better support and help to feed how they choose to, bf or ff.

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    Me 100%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kw123 View Post
    Nothing can quite compare to how **** you feel when people make you feel you're not doing the best thing for your tiny baby.
    Yup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kw123 View Post

    Nothing can quite compare to how **** you feel when people make you feel you're not doing the best thing for your tiny baby.
    I think this is the spiral. You want to bf so much bc society tells you 'good' mothers do. It doesn't work for whatever reason which begins the slide into PND. Then the GP's/middies/MHN's/LC's reinforce the pressure and self loathing by telling you in fact only 2% of women can't bf (meaning stop making excuses, be a good mother and push through), they point out with vigor all the supposed negatives of formula. For a women who is extremely vulnerable and already feeling like a sh*t mum, this can and does tip them over the edge.

    I've always advocated more tangible support for bfing, but ffers need it too. Both with logistics (and despite some of the comments on this forum like "what is there to know? you shake a bottle?" there's a lot more to it than that). And with emotional support. The moment the ABA or LC knows you are switching it's like complete shut down. We can't support you now bc that would be encouraging formula

    I've felt such a weight lifted off my shoulders the last year or so. I finally accept I did what I could, my kids turned out fabulous and I'm a pretty good mum. So if these findings help lift the weight, then that is also fabulous

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    God your words are so true Del. felt a bit emotional reading that even though I am so at peace with FF as it was best for me in a million ways which was best for DS ultimately.

    The 2% stat really annoys me. It is likely true in terms of actually physically not being able to, but there are so many other valid reasons a woman can't do it.

    People say "I can't do XYZ..." every day about heaps of things and I bet nobody corrects them by saying, well actually physically you could do it...!

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