@RedCreamingSoda I had my GP tell me to give up and formula feed because it's "the same" as breastmilk rather than address my supply problems or refer me to someone that could. I have no doubt women are pushed to breastfeed without much in the way of actual help- but I think it's also true that many are pushed to ff rather than to have their bf probs addres. Some for other reasons too (so dad can give a feed, so they gain more weight, so they sleep more, because so and so is uncomfortable etc etc)
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03-09-2014 20:11 #61
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03-09-2014 20:13 #62
Yup, this is something I can definitely relate to with my firstborn.
03-09-2014 20:15 #63
Another time I had the urge to reach through the PC and throttle the person who said something to the effect of "I don't understand why women don't BF, let's face it, it's not hard if you really want to do it".
04-09-2014 05:30 #64Member
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Bf has turned into big business and they are making money off something free, natural and the biological norm.
Every mum has the right to bf and every baby has the right to receive breastmilk without the hefty price tag that comes with bf. Anyone else see this as unethical?
(And I say all this as a mum who has literally spent countless $$$ trying to bf my kids. I spent over $500 in lactation consultant fees with my ds and with my dd, I have seen everyone from paeds to speech therapists to lcs etc to assess her mouth function).
04-09-2014 06:02 #65
Oh yeah bl00dy Pinky has made a fortune out of BFing! I also spend around $1000 on an LC and heaps on renting a pump, ABA membership and other stuff.
I don't disagree that formula is a big business. But it's naive to think that BFing is "innocent" in that regard. I can't think of a more appropriate word!
04-09-2014 06:03 #66
Oh and those costs were for someone who BF for about 4 weeks!
04-09-2014 06:05 #67
04-09-2014 06:14 #68
Yes it can be expensive but it doesn't have to be. LCs do have training and are specialists in their field. We don't deny other medical professionals their fees?
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04-09-2014 06:18 #69
You are very lucky to have received help from an LC for free.
Of course nobody denies them their fees. It shouldn't be free. But neither should formula - the companies who make it need to be paid and make a profit out of it (as do the LCs). Such is life.
04-09-2014 06:32 #70Senior Member
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That is true, but - most often the poor circulation is due to an autoimmune diseases which is very common in women called Reynaud's- although as I mentioned before, you can have it without autoimmune diseases - but it is deffo considered a red flag for further investigation.
Re the comments on BH - heck yeah - I've read some shockers, I remember a particular poster who doesn't come here much told me I didn't try hard enough and didn't care enough and that if I wanted to I cold have sourced donor milk, this was when I was recovering from a c.section with twins - with a uterus infection and no car and already had a toddler - she actually said if I really cared I would have sourced donor milk!
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